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Storytelling for emotional regulation

In recent years, self-care has become increasingly mainstream. It is more popular than ever to advocate for a personal self-care routine, as it has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress, depression and overall burnout. The World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” In other words, self-care means taking care of yourself to be the best version of you. This includes your physical health, mental well-being, relationships, career, etc.

Self-care describes a life-long practice of daily exercises. These exercises can be physical, intellectual, or even spiritual and are often intended to be relaxing or calming. At its core, self-care involves checking in with yourself and asking how you are doing and what your body needs at a given moment. For example, as you become more aware of feelings of tension or stress in your body, you can proactively use skills or strategies to release the tension and relax. In doing so, you can avoid an emotional reaction and better stay in control of yourself.

Below, you will find some examples of self-care that you can incorporate into your daily routine:

  1. Engage in physical exercise for 15-20 minutes
  2. Meditate for 10-20 minutes
  3. Spend time outdoors in nature
  4. Eat healthy meals involving fruits and vegetables.
  5. Start a personal journal to highlight gratitudes or affirmations
  6. Take an intentional break from electronics
  7. Focus on getting enough sleep and on getting quality sleep

So, what are you willing to do to increase your self-care today?

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