On World Mental Health Day, let’s talk about ways you can keep your wellbeing in check. One of the most effective ways is by practicing good self-care. What exactly is self-care? Here are 7 ways to improve (or start) your self-care skills. 1. Self-care is about looking out for Number One.

The idea behind self-care is that if you don’t take care of your needs first, you can’t effectively help others. (See my “Me Before Mommy” article about the necessity of putting your self-care first when you have kids.) Think of when you are on an airplane. The flight attendants tell you that in the event of an emergency, put your oxygen mask on before helping others. The same concept applies to mental health.

2. Proactive self-care is better than reactive self-care.

Read the entire post on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201810/7-tips-good-self-care