Self -care is helpful in challenging times, as a way of coping with uncontrollable stressors and during regular days as part of the ongoing maintenance of your well -being. By filling up your needs and resources you are also building up your coping abilities and resilience.
To practice self-care consistently you should match it to your personal life style, needs and personality. You can experiment with different practices/behaviors to find out what best suites you in different conditions and context.
Here are some examples of self-care : Exercise; write in a journal; say no to extra responsibilities; choose comforting activities, objects, people, relationships, places and seek them out ;allow yourself to cry; take a bubble bath; be aware of nonmaterial aspects of life; spend time with children or pets; arrange your work space, so it is comfortable and comforting; pray etc…
To find out which best self- care practice is good for you, you can start by raising awareness to your needs.
Once you have your answers, brainstorm and write down your ideas. Decide which of the self- care activities your will do on daily or weekly basis to strengthen your resources and well- being.
Think also about details such as with whom, where, when, how long and schedule the day and time to carry it out.
Next, make a plan to incorporate these activities when needed, thus you will have an action plan ready to go in more challenging times.