Practicing Self-Care Is Hard But Vital For Mental Health

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Practicing Self-Care Is Hard But Vital For Mental Health

It's a wicked conundrum: practicing self-care is vital to mental health, but when you're facing mental health struggles, practicing self-care often feels impossible. Mental health challenges can make people isolate (read about isolation and mental illness). They can make it difficult to get out of bed, let alone accomplish anything. Mental health struggles also zap self-esteem. All of this can make self-care tough. While it's sometimes difficult to care for yourself, it's practicing self-care that helps you become mentally healthy again.

What Is Self-Care For Mental Health?

"Self-care" is a broad term. When life itself is overwhelming, thinking of ways to care for yourself doesn't usually come easily. Breaking down the concept can make the task less daunting. Self-care for mental health can be conceptualized in many ways, including these areas: physical needs, personal needs, and interpersonal needs.

Physical needs are things like nutrition, hydration, hygiene, and movement. Personal needs involve feeling worthy. How do you feel worthy? Reflect on your accomplishments no matter how small you think they are, consider your strengths, do something positive. To meet interpersonal needs, connect with someone, pay someone a compliment, or even just smile at someone. Do at least one thing from each category every day to begin, then add more. Soon, you'll feel the benefits of the positive relationship between self-care and mental health.

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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

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From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

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Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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  • Medicine Used To Treat ADHD May Also Help Patients With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Mindfulness Training Helps Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Being Moody May Help Us Adapt To Change
  • Right Side Of Brain Compensates For Speech Loss After Stroke, Study Finds
  • Study: Strength Of Brain Connectivity Varies With Fitness Level In Older Adults

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(2015, November 9). Practicing Self-Care Is Hard But Vital For Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 15 from

Last Updated: November 10, 2015

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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