Authored by Alex Levin, LCSW

Self-care, also defined as the intentional practice of preserving one’s well-being, is a quintessential aspect of managing our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical selves. According to the World Health Organization, June 24th marked the start of Self-Care Month, which ends with Self-Care Day on July 24th. This day was chosen because self-care can be practiced “24 hours a day/7 days a week”. This tribute to self-care highlights the importance of engaging in self-care activities to help increase our emotional resilience and decrease our vulnerability to emotion mind.

The beauty of self-care and self-care interventions is the flexibility and adaptability that we can find when creating our own self-care habits. However, according to the World Health Organization, “4.3 billion people have inadequate access to essential facility-based health services”. This staggering number identifies the barriers that arise when attempting to find activities or practices that are accessible to all, no matter your demographic information or socioeconomic status.

Self-care can also act as a way to engage in pleasant events, creating positive emotions that strengthen our well-being. In DBT, this is the “A” (accumulating positives in the short and long-term) in the ABC PLEASE skills. Here, we recognize the importance of being able to take a proactive step to create emotions and experiences that bring us joy and contentment, knowing that pieces of life will feel painful. The first place to start is by asking ourselves, “what brings me joy?”. This question can be challenging for some and encourages us to become aware of what experiences or practices meet our needs and help to preserve our well-being. Finding a self-care routine can start with one daily habit change. One moment to stop, breathe and appreciate the moment as it is. Challenge yourself to find the self-care routine that works best for you and remember to engage in a self-care act on July 24th, 2022 to celebrate the importance of International Self-Care Day!

Examples of Self-Care Activities:
134 Self-Care Activities
13 Self-Care Ideas
Self-Care Activity Handout

About the Author: Alex Levin, LCSW is a therapist at the Center Behavioral Medicine that works with adult and adolescent clients. He believes in establishing a compassionate and engaging relationship with each client, emphasizing their internal strengths to create their life worth living.