General Article What is self-care?

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health Book Volume: 395

Everyone is talking about self-care at the moment - but exactly what is it?

Basically, self-care is doing things to improve and preserve our mental and physical health. It’s learning how to look after ourselves, so we can live in the happiest and healthiest way.

It can be something as simple as taking time to pamper yourself with a face-mask and bubble bath, to making sure you are up-to date with your vaccinations. Self-care can mean different things for different people, you need to find the right things for you, and it will be fun trying some different activities out!

Getting into the habit of self-care is important for teens as then it sets a precedent for looking after yourself for the rest of your life. It can also help with things such as exam stress and anxiety, and help to relieve some of the pressures from parents, school or friends. 

Taking time out for yourself has so many positive benefits, it can help to improve our self-esteem and improve relationships. If we feel happ...

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