One way to lower stress is self-care, which means taking care of your physical and mental wellbeing. Sometimes people feel like self-care is selfish, but it’s not. Remember that your needs are important, too.

Benefits of self-care include:

  • Lower stress
  • Increase happiness
  • Manage depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues
  • Improve sleep
  • Boost immunity
  • Help you be a better caregiver for others
  • Tackle the things you want and need to do
  • Handle life’s ups and downs

How to practice self-care:

  • Make time to unwind and do things you enjoy.
  • Move your body, even with a short walk.
  • Spend time outdoors.
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals and snacks.
  • Make sleep a priority.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and drug use.
  • Take breaks from the news, including social media.
  • Connect with others, like family, friends, neighbors, or your faith community.
  • Ask for help when you need it, and accept help when it is offered.
  • Talk to a mental health or behavioral health provider.