What is self-care and why is it important?

Collection of four photos representing self-careSelf-care is the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's health. It involves taking action to develop, protect, and improve mental and physical well-being. There is no right or wrong way to care for ourselves. Self-care is unique to each individual but there are some key areas to focus on for everyone.

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Key self-care areas

Self-care activities are things people can do to help themselves achieve a better life balance. Achieving this balance can help when times get stressful because a person's system is in a more optimal state before the high-stress time starts.