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Self-care is very important for overall health, especially after the trauma of domestic or sexual violence. It is critical in the process of healing and taking care of your body and mind. Some examples of self-care include surrounding yourself with positivity, focusing on your physical needs, rebuilding mental health, and learning how to take “time outs” when needed. While everyone heals in different ways, below is a list of self-care ideas and tips.


Ideas for Physical Self-Care

-Eat healthy meals regularly

-Drink plenty of water

-Strive to get quality sleep

-Exercise regularly (yoga, running, swimming, walking, biking, weight-lifting, dancing, etc)


-Get medical attention if needed

-Take time off when you are sick/not feeling well

-Get a massage

-Taking vitamins


Ideas for Emotional Self-Care

-Write down your thoughts in a journal

-Book a session (or multiple) with a counselor


-Read books or poetry

-Breathing exercises

-Stay in contact with important people in your life

-Let yourself truly feel your emotions (let yourself cry, let yourself feel anger, etc)

-Join a support group

-Complete a puzzle or word search

-Play with pets


-Color or paint


Remember to take time for yourself and work on self-care, even if seems difficult to implement into your life. Make your self-care routine specific to your needs and interests. If you are having a hard time with self-care, consider scheduling daily self-care time in a planner or in an agenda.



The National Domestic Violence Hotline

-Importance of self-care


The Self Compassion Project website

-List of additional self-care ideas