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self-care art therapy phoenix az

Self-care has become a must for maintaining our mental, physical, and emotional well-being in this stressful world. When we are in the chaos of daily life, it’s easy to overlook our own needs.. and when we don't take care of ourselves, we are less able to do all of the things daily life asks of us. Prioritizing self-care isn’t selfish.. it’s essential for leading a fulfilling life and being able to give our best to others. Here are some practical tips on how to practice self-care and make it a natural part of your day..

1. Understand What Self-Care Means to You:

Self-care does not look the same for everyone. It’s about identifying what activities recharge and rejuvenate you personally. Reflect on what truly fills your cups, energizes you, and lowers stress. Make those activities a regular part of your routine.

*tip* Think of categories of self care to help make sure you are covering all your bases. (I like using mind, body, spirit.)

2. Prioritize Your Needs:

Self-care isn’t something you do only when you have spare time.. it’s a priority. Set boundaries around your self-care, and make sure you have the time and resources you need. Remember, taking care of yourself isn’t a luxury.. it’s a necessity.

*tip* Add your self-care time to your calendar just like any other obligation or event. Your well-being is a priority!

3. Set Realistic Goals:

Break larger self-care goals into smaller, manageable steps, and celebrate your progress along the way. Want to walk two miles a day? Start with a couple times a week. Setting realistic goals helps prevent feelings of overwhelm and creates a sense of accomplishment.

*tip* Come up with activities that need different amounts of time, so that you have self-care you can fit into any day. (Less than 10 minutes, 10-30 minutes, 30-1 hour, over 1 hour)

4. Seek Professional Help When Needed:

If you’re struggling with your mental health or finding that it feels impossible to do self-care, don’t hesitate to seek support from a professional. Therapy, counseling, or support groups can provide valuable tools and strategies for managing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns.


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