The self-care practices you use every day can lead to a brighter mood and fewer mental health symptoms. Alicia Scott-Darden, PMHNP-BC, provides compassionate mental health care, including supportive therapy and personalized self-care recommendations at Alicia MHS in Catonsville, Maryland. Call the office to learn more about self-care or book your appointment online today.

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What is self-care?

Self-care is the act of doing things that are good for your mental and physical well-being. While it might take some time to turn acts of self-care into routine habits, you benefit from doing so in the long run.

The self-care practices you adopt are highly intentional and have clear benefits for your wellness. For example, setting a bedtime routine can help you get adequate sleep so you’re not so stressed out or anxious during the day. When you neglect to take care of yourself, your energy and mood tend to suffer eventually.

Alicia MHS offers support as you make positive changes in your life so you can move forward and develop strong relationships.

How does self-care play into mental health?

Self-care strategies are essential to include in any mental health care plan. While you might think of medicines and counseling first for mental health, both of those clinical options are much more effective when you strive for self-care, too.

You can use self-care alongside psychiatric medications and therapy to help manage conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia

There can be many factors affecting your mental health, and some of them are most likely out of your control. But consistent self-care can help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall mental health.

What does self-care involve?

Self-care looks a little different for everyone. What works for you might not be someone else’s preference. Your mental health provider at Alicia MHS can work with you through counseling to identify self-care strategies that you can use in everyday life to supplement any clinical treatment you receive for mental health.

Some common examples of self-care strategies include:

  • Running a warm bath
  • Practicing yoga
  • Meditating
  • Exercising
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Setting personal goals to work toward
  • Journaling
  • Balancing your diet
  • Socializing with friends or family

Even acts of self-care that seem small or insignificant may have more of a positive impact than you might expect. If you have trouble staying on track with your self-care practices, your provider might be able to offer personalized tips for making self-care a priority.

You’re worthy of good things and self-care is an essential part to reclaiming your life. To explore ways self-care can help you manage your mental health, call Alicia MHS or book your appointment online today.