Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact.
Self-care looks different for everyone, and it is important to find what you need and enjoy. It may take trial and error to discover what works best for you. In addition, although self-care is not a cure for mental illnesses, understanding what causes or triggers your mild symptoms and what coping techniques work for you can help manage your mental health.
National Institute of Mental Health (2022). Caring for Your Mental Health. Retrieved May 25, 2022, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health
Not sure where to start on your self-care journey? The VRC has created this self-care toolkit with 3 worksheets to help you get started! Included is an assessment to help you identify your current self-care routine, an action plan for you to start implementing more self-care in your life, and a self-care bingo game to challenge yourself to try new self-care activities.
VRC Self-Care Resources
The VEBA Resource Center is here to help you with your self-care journey so you can live a happy, healthy, stress-free life.
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Sometimes we can be our own worst critic. It’s important for our mental well-being to take time out to be good to ourselves, so that we can better serve and be with others. VRC’s Care Navigator, Michele McNiff, leads us through a short and simple self-compassion meditation.
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Meet with a Care Navigator to create a tailored health plan based on your unique story, values and experiences. Care Navigation includes:
• An integrated health and well-being assessment
• Guidance to find appropriate resources
• Motivation support and encouragement to help overcome obstacles
• Follow-up appointments (phone, virtual or in-person) to monitor your progress