Self-Care is a term you may have seen with more frequency lately. Often this idea may bring about visions of a warm pool of water with candles and polished rocks or a fit individual with a serene expression in a salute-the-sun yoga pose. But self-care means so much more than this. When you explore self-care in conjunction with your personal mental health care needs, it means you are finding ways to support your own growth and well-being. Celebrate International Self-Care Day with Sunrise Vista by learning more about how mental health treatment can improve your quality of life.
Lifestyle Changes And International Self-Care Day
Lifestyle changes can be the best way to care for ourselves. But it is important to remember that when we take care of our basic needs, we support healthful mental health. Comprehensive wellness starts with the small steps we take for ourselves. Here are some changes you can add to your self-care routine:
Be kind to others and to yourself. Kindness can help you make friends and help you make friends with yourself, and cultivating a positive self-image can improve so many aspects of your life.
Eat Healthy Meals
Eat healthfully and regularly. Regular nutritious meals will help you to maintain consistent moods and body chemistry.
Get around 8 hours of sleep each night. Sleep will allow you to regulate and reset your mind and body.
Dance like no one is watching. Roller-skate. Hike, or walk the dog. Just get out and get at least three hours of physical activity per week. Regular physical activity releases endorphins and rewires your brain to expand your capacity to feel joy. That fresh air doesn’t hurt, either.
Why Practice Self-Care?
When we practice self-care, it helps our bodies and minds to better handle the stressors that come our way. If you are struggling with a mental health condition, this is a way to bolster yourself and build resilience. Here are some of the ways that self-care routines can benefit our mental health:
- When you like yourself, it is easier to advocate for yourself in difficult situations.
- Nurturing yourself can help prevent burnout if you are a caregiver of others.
- Even if it’s a hug or a touch on the shoulder, interacting with others can support a feeling of safety and trust. Research suggests this can help support the health of your cardiovascular system.
- Bolstering our physical well-being can help to prevent chronic stress by affecting brain chemicals in a way that causes a relaxation response.
- Time alone can help you spend time in self-reflection. This time helps you evaluate how best to tackle problems in your life or better cope in the future.
As you can see, there are many reasons to maintain a self-care routine. It can support your mental health and your physical health. Consider the following treatment options at Sunrise Vista’s behavioral health center:
Explore Self-Care with Sunrise Vista in Canton, Ohio
Sunrise Vista offers comprehensive care options to treat individuals who are experiencing mental health concerns. If you or your loved one is exhibiting signs that indicate a mental health therapy program could help with symptoms, reach out to learn more about an individualized care plan. Sunrise Vista is able to help you or a loved one start on the path to healthy living. Contact us via our simple-to-use contact form 844-942-3007 or give us a call 844-942-3007 for your confidential screening today. With Sunrise Vista’s inpatient and intensive outpatient mental health treatment options, you have a wide array of options to support you on your journey toward wellness.