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Self-Care Tips

The trauma of experiencing domestic abuse can make self-care feel challenging. Self-care can come in many different forms, including physical and emotional. We've put together some practical tips for practicing self-care in your everyday life.

What is self-care?

Self-care is small actions that can enhance your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Involving self-care in your daily life, can truly benefit on the journey to healing and recovery.

Why is self-care important?

The trauma of experiencing domestic abuse can make self-care feel challenging. You may have feelings of guilt and shame, or using unhealthy coping mechanisms. By putting your well-being first, you can take important steps towards reclaiming your life and rediscovering yourself.

How can I practice self-care?

Self-care can come in many different forms, including physical and emotional. Below are some practical tips for practicing self-care in your everyday life.

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Physical Self-Care

Taking care of your physical well-being can help with the immediate aftermath of abuse and aid long-term recovery.
Physical self-care establishes a strong foundation for ongoing healing.

Regular Exercise

Physical activity releases endorphins which can boost your mood, lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression, and rebuild physical strength.

Good Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important contributors to physical and mental health. Consistent, good quality sleep is vital for restoring energy and improving your sense of wellbeing.

Balanced Nutrition

Maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet not only provides the essential nutrients necessary for maintaining your overall health, but it also boosts your body’s ability to cope with stress.

Emotional and Mental Self-Care

Emotional and mental self-care is essential for addressing, processing, and healing from the complex emotions you may be feeling.

Journaling

Journaling provides a safe space for expressing and processing your thoughts and emotions. It’s also great for self-reflection, which will help you on your recovery journey.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing, bring present-moment awareness, reduce anxiety, and encourage relaxation. These mindfulness practices can also help you to process any emotions you’re feeling, without feeling too overwhelming.

Routines

Setting a daily routine gives a sense of stability and predictability, offering a structured framework that can help you to feel safe and in control of your own life.

Remember, self-care shouldn’t make you feel pressured or overwhelmed and your goals don’t have to be overly ambitious commitments; self-care can take the form of any activity that helps you feel safe and comfortable.

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