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Promote Your Well-being and Resilience With Self-Care

When you’re young, it feels like you’re constantly bombarded with new experiences and challenges, right? There’s a lot going on, you’re trying your best, and you may not feel great some days. On those days — and others, it’s important to have ways to take care of yourself both physically and mentally.

Here are a few self-care tips to make part of your everyday life:

  • Get enough sleep: Sleep is essential for both physical and mental health. It may be tough with studying, exams and work, but aim for 8 hours of sleep per night.

  • Eat healthy foods: What you eat has a big impact on how you feel. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Treats are great now and then but eating good food helps with overall health, your energy levels and your productivity.

  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and improve your mood. If you aren’t doing any exercise through sports at school or other activities, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or brisk walking most days of the week.

  • Spend time with loved ones: Social connection is important for mental well-being. Make time for activities you enjoy with friends and family, play games, and share in special moments.

  • Take breaks from technology: It’s important to unplug from technology from time to time. Spend time in nature, read a book, or just relax and embrace the outdoors.

  • Practice mindfulness: This is the practice of paying attention to the present, what you may be feeling, and how you can calm your mind. There are many different ways to practise mindfulness, such as meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few deep breaths.

  • Talk to someone you trust: If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk to someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or counsellor.

  • Seek professional help if needed: If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Sometimes the people around us struggle, and this impacts our lives. There are many support resources available, like:

SADAG: The South African Depression and Anxiety Group
Cipla Mental Health Helpline – 0800 456 789
Suicide Crisis Line – 0800 567 567

Self-care is an ongoing process. It’s important to find what works for you and to make it a regular part of your life. When you take care of yourself, you’re better able to handle the challenges of life and live a happy and healthy life. Reach out to your doctor or mental health professional for more information and help.


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