Self-care is critical to your mental health. When we feel stressed, the body’s alarm bells  known as the sympathetic nervous system  go off. They send a message to the brain letting it know that you’ll need more energy to either fight or flee.

Besides moderating the stress response, self-care practices can reduce inflammation. Self-care is linked to better health, helps develop mental fitness, and makes instances of physical and mental illness easier to cope with.

How to start a self-care routine

Look at your schedule. What activities are you already doing that are fun, energizing, or health-focused?

Revisit your answers to the earlier questions and look at the six dimensions of wellness. What do you wish you had time for?

Begin to look for areas where you can schedule your self-care. While scheduling rest doesn’t sound particularly relaxing, it’s one of the best ways to make sure it actually happens.

 Take your vitamins. This is easily overlooked, but over time can make a big difference in how you feel. Vitamins can reduce fatigue and support your immune system.

Practice mindful breathing. Meditation doesn't have to take a huge amount of time. Try watching your breath for a whole minute 

We often think more clearly when our spaces are more orderly. Declutter your nightstand, desk, kitchen counter, or your sofa.

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