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Self Care Checklist

Taking care of yourself is an important part of being emotionally and mentally healthy. 

Here are some ideas you can try for self-care:

  • caring handsTake a walk outside
  • Drink a glass of water
  • Make yourself a meal that you enjoy
  • Re-read one of your all-time favorite books
  • Give someone a compliment – and then compliment yourself too
  • Play with a pet
  • Listen to a favorite music play list
  • Take a hot shower or bath
  • It is okay to say no - give yourself permission to choose how you spend your time, resources or energy
  • Think about 10 things you are thankful for
  • A couple times a day spend a few minutes stretching and breathing deeply.
  • Reach out to a trusted friend or family member
  • Take a short break for coffee or tea
  • Start on a project you have been wanting to begin for a while
  • Watch your favorite movie
  • Write yourself a letter about a few things that are bothering you - then throw it away
  • Treat yourself to dinner
  • Call us at Your Life Iowa

Original source: Self Care During the Holidays by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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