Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Self-care is essential 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. 

Ideas for Physical Self-Care

-Eat healthy meals regularly

-Drink plenty of water

-Strive to get quality sleep

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


-Go to the doctor

-Take time off 

-Get a massage

-Taking vitamins

Ideas for Emotional Self-Care


-Meet with a counselor


-Read books or poetry

-Breathing exercises

-Stay in contact with important people in your life

-Let yourself truly feel your emotions 

-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.


Healing and Self-Care

Updated on 2017-09-15T14:34:57+00:00, by admin.