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Give Yourself A Hug

Isn’t great when a friend gives you that hug you didn’t even know you needed? Do that for yourself. Take a second to ask yourself, “What do I need?”. Maybe just asking the question is enough. A moment and a few breaths to let yourself know that you are taking care of yourself. That you are listening and maybe even doing a few of these simple hug-like things.

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Connect

Relationships are a key to well being and building connections is an important form of self-care. Reach out to others for a phone call, virtual meetup, or real-life get together, to get and give a dose of feel-good oxytocin.

Want to hear my Spotify playlist of happy songs?
  • While You’re At It

  • watch a funny movie
  • order tasty food
  • call a friend

Get Outside

A regular dose of the outdoors can improve attention and emotional functioning and increase feelings of vitality. Even opening a window has benefits!

Today I will climb…a sidewalk!
  • While You’re At It

  • 5 mins of yoga
  • play with my pet
  • stretch my muscles

Give Yourself Time to Be

Taking time away from your devices and to-do lists is essential for good health. Downtime can boost your energy and fuel creativity and may help you respond better to stress.

I never knew how loud crows were before.
  • While You’re At It

  • do a puzzle
  • pray or meditate
  • sing a song

Practice Self Compassion

Understand that making mistakes and facing challenges are part of being human. Kindness to yourself isn’t a reward for achievements or accomplishments. Try to extend the same kindness and care to yourself as you would to a good friend.

Hi body, anything you need? Water? Sure!
  • While You’re At It

  • eat chocolate
  • draw a funny picture
  • write in my journal

Take a Break

Remember that working all the time doesn’t mean you get more done. A focused work period of about an hour followed by a break of 15 minutes has been shown to increase focus and productivity. Experiment to find a rhythm that works best for you. Take a few minutes to smell the roses! Or at least get out of your chair.

Yes, my legs, i return you to the land of the living.
  • While You’re At It

  • go outside
  • take a bath
  • take some breaths

It’s harder than it looks when we are busy to stop and just ask ourself, “What do I need?”. And probably it feels silly. I mean how much can these little things help? Quite a lot really. These little things add up and make big differences. And here’s another great thing about taking care of ourself…it teaches us how to take care of each other. So, maybe you can be that person who gives a hug to a friend that didn’t even know they needed a hug.

WellBeings.org is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.