Self-care strategies

  • Creating and maintaining healthy daily habits
    • Finding out what daily habits contribute to your well-being
    • Creating a plan that will help you maintain your healthy daily habits
    • Staying active doing things that you enjoy
    • Being aware of your thoughts and how they are affecting you

  • Following your treatment plan
    • Talk to your health professional about any concerns
    • Keep your medical appointments
    • If you are taking medication, take it as prescribed
    • If you are in counseling, keep your counseling appointments.
    • Be aware that many herbal and naturopathic products are unregulated and do not have consistent amounts of active ingredients. They can also interfere with other prescribed medications. Check with your doctor before using any herbal or naturopathic products.

    When we begin to feel well, we sometimes think that we can skimp on our treatment and not keep to it. If you are having trouble keeping to the treatment plan and would like to make adjustments, it is not recommended to do this on your own, even if you think you know best. Any changes in treatment plans are best done in consultation with health professionals who can work with you to find solutions that are right for you.

  • Learning healthy ways to manage stress

    Finding out what works for you to relieve stress in a healthy way is an important part of staying well. We're all different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Here are some suggestions:

    • Engaging in physical activity
    • Finding ways to use humour
    • Finding ways for creative self-expression
    • Learning how to meditate, using deep breathing, practicing yoga, praying
    • Spending time in nature
    • Getting acupuncture treatments
    • Doing hobbies or other pleasurable activities
    • Joining a club
    • Writing in a journal

  • Taking care of your body
    • Trying to make healthy food choices
    • Seeking natural light every day
    • Giving yourself enough time for sleep
    • Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water
    • Finding regular physical activities that you enjoy
    • Seeking help to end addictions

  • Avoiding or quitting temporary fixes that can create other problems, such as:
    • Excessive consumption of coffee
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Tobacco
    • Overuse of prescription medication or using medications that are not prescribed for you
    • Overuse of over-the-counter medications
    • Street drugs

  • Making time for yourself
    • Taking regular vacations and other breaks from work
    • Reading a good book
    • Listening to your favourite music
    • Going for a walk

  • Asking for support from:
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Support groups

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