Do you take care of yourself? At TheHopeLine we hear far too often of people harming themselves rather than caring for themselves. Because people often have been hurt and don’t know how to take care of their mental, emotional, and physical well-being, they turn to things like self-harm, eating disorders, anger, risky sex and other harmful “band-aids” to try to cover over their pain.
Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others. Self-care is “something that refuels us, rather than takes from us.” Self-care is knowing what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves.
This is a safe place to address any negative behaviors you may have adopted to cover up pain and look at positive alternatives, such as setting goals for yourself, finding your purpose, improving your reputation and learning to forgive.
After 25 years of talking with young adults we’ve heard it all, never judged, and provided hope.