Self-Care and Your Mental Health

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

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Importance of Self-Care to Your Mental Health

 Self-Care and Your Mental HealthWhen living with a mental illness like bipolar disorder, depression, or schizophrenia, self-care can easily slip by the wayside. When you're sick, simple things, such as:

comes easy because it's just "too much" to deal with. While in the case of bipolar mania, maybe you just have "more important things to do." Either way, self-care can be challenging. So what can you do?

Steps to Improve Your Self-Care

Start out small. Don't think about ALL the things you have to do. Just pick one thing. "Today, at 9 a.m., I'll take a shower." Each day, do just one thing that you know needs to be done. If you have the energy, write your plan down on a piece of paper.

As you progress, I have two other steps that will make a world of difference to your self-care efforts. Eat healthy foods, go outside for a short walk. The sun, fresh air and moving around will help your mood as well as your physical health.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: When it comes to self-care, are there extended periods where you find it difficult to do simple things or they seem unimportant? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.



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At the top and bottom of all our stories, you'll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there's a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

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

  1. Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Psychosis and the New Bipolar Mom
  2. What Causes Anxiety Disorders to Develop?
  3. Reduce Social Anxiety, Focus on Your Strengths

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

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:

  • The Downside of Inciting Envy
  • Some Stress Is Good For You.
  • Only One Quarter Of Primary Care Patients With Mild Cognitive Impairment Have Progression To Dementia Within Three Years
  • Researchers Discover Two New Genetic Regions For Bipolar Disorder
  • Youth Suicide-Related Behaviors Have Stopped Declining After Years Of Improvement
  • Cyberbullying 'Causes Suicidal Thoughts In Kids More Than Traditional Bullying'
  • Seizure Risk Increased Before And After Psychiatric Hospitalization
  • Estrogen Influences Bone Metabolism In Men
  • Deficit Schizophrenia Patients Show Reduced FA In The Left Uncinate Fasciculus
  • Improvement In Mental Health Literacy Among General Public
  • Reasons For Substance Use Vary Among Mental Health Patients

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2014, March 17). Self-Care and Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 17 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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