Stress is a normal part of life, and stressful events are inevitable. Dealing with day-to-day pressures, family needs, financial problems, relationships woes, and global uncertainty can all cause periods of chronic stress. Chronic stress is described as a consistent sense of feeling overwhelmed or pressured over a long period of time. It can affect both mind and body and can take a toll on your ability to function normally in your daily life.
Taking the time to nurture yourself can make all the difference. Physicians recommend “emotional self-care” to help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, make you more resilient, and maintain balance in your life. There are many ways to develop emotional self-care. You could practice QiGong, take a walk at lunch, prioritize sleep, be social, learn a new craft. Build a routine that works for you. Self-care is an ongoing process.
The Chinese Health Initiative has collaborated with emotional well-being experts to assemble the following tips, advice and resources to help you develop personalized methods of “self-care” to help you maintain emotional well-being.
Self-Care Has Never Been More Important
Self-care is what you do to take care of yourself to stay physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Research suggests self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress.
Here are a few self-care tips to get you started.
- Take time for you. Even if it is 10-minutes each day relaxing by yourself, a little solitude can help you unwind.
- Sleep better. Your behavior during the day and especially before bedtime can have a major impact on the quality of your sleep. Check out the CDCs good sleep habits. Even a few slight adjustments to your routine can mean the difference between good sleep and a restless night.
- Eat well. Good nutrition is essential to self-care. Your relationship with food can create a sense of balance in your life.
- Get moving. Even mild exercise will help calm your mind and lower stress levels. Aim for 20 minutes several times each week. If you’re not up for a high energy workout, find a leisure activity that you enjoy, like working in the garden, washing your car, or taking a bike ride.
- Find ways to relax. Focusing attention on your breath, practicing guided meditation, doing yoga, or walking in the woods can help quiet your mind.
- Schedule time with friends or family. Maintaining social connections is an integral part of self-care and helps build your sense of belonging.
- Do something you enjoy every day. That might mean listening to music, getting lost in a good book, dancing, or watching your favorite TV show. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Self-care covers a wide range of things from the most basic, like making sure you’re eating healthy foods, to practicing mindful movement.
Enhance Your Emotional Well-Being Webinars
Workshops conducted in Mandarin by clinical psychologists where they outline practical suggestions that can strengthen physical and emotional well-being.
Recordings now available:
Mindful Self-Care Series
Developed by the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC) and the Zen Caregiving Project (ZCP). A six-week workshop to experience how to take care of ourselves to improve overall physical and mental health. Covers mindfulness, cultivating compassion, self-care, mindful communication, maintaining healthy boundaries and building resilience through sharing. This training is conducted in Mandarin.
For registration and more information, visit the CACCC website.