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4 Reasons why Self Care is important for your Mental Health

Mental health is important for everyone, even those who have not been diagnosed with a mental illness. It is important for everyone to remain well balanced, refreshed and take time to recharge. Taking care of oneself has many long-term benefits but we are all guilty of neglecting ourselves, putting our own needs last.


We often let lack of time and energy, finances and even feelings of guilt and selfishness prevent us from practicing self-care like we should.


Self-care is defined as “anything we do deliberately to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health”. It can improve your life any many ways. But probably the most important argument for self-care is that in taking care of ourselves, we are better able to care for others. Here are a few benefits of self-care:


  1. Self-esteem: By taking care of yourself, you are communicating to yourself and those around you that you are worth being cared for. Self-care looks different for everyone. It gives you the opportunity to become more self-aware, discover new skills and passions and can lead to new goals.S

  2. Sleep better: Creating a routine to take care of your mind, your body and your spirit, all aspects of self-care, you will sleep better at night. Your physical health will improve along with your mental health.

  3. Become more productive: When you make time for yourself in your schedule, you intuitively manage your time better. When you prioritize the things that are good for you, important to you, you find more joy in your day-to-day life and you will get more done to make time for those things.

  4. Manage stress: When you take care of yourself, you are better able to deal with any curve ball that life may throw at you.


Taking care of yourself is something you cannot and should not compromise on. It is vital you nurture your mental health and physical well-being by practicing self-care.


Resolve to do something for yourself this week and every week this new year. And do not ever feel guilty for taking care of yourself. You deserve it.


About the Author

Neeley R. Hughey, PhD, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and Certified Life with over 20 years of experience specializing in CPTSD, PTSD, Trauma, Depression and Anxiety.


Call 321.757.4015 to make an appointment with Neeley.

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