Self-care is about intentionally caring for yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. When you are healthy, you can more easily complete your daily tasks, like working, running errands, living with a physical or intellectual disability (I/DD), and caring for others. RISE Services, Inc. Utah encourages individuals living with I/DD to prioritize self-care this holiday season. We also highly recommend that caregivers, such as professional parents, foster parents, and family members with I/DD, do the same.
Caring for yourself and your loved ones with I/DD begins with caring for your body. Getting exercise, drinking water, and eating healthy foods keep you physically healthy and mentally fit, along with these other self-care tips:
- Exercise at home with YouTube videos. Many exercise videos are available, such as yoga, strength training, cardio, and more.
- Choose foods that boost your immune system, such as leafy greens, colored vegetables, and nuts and seeds.
- Get plenty of sleep. The National Institute of Health recommends getting seven hours or more each night.
Mental health is more than staying positive 24 hours a day. It’s the ability to cope with the demands of daily life in a healthy and positive way. When your mental health is well-balanced, you can manage life’s stressors while caring for others. These mental health practices promote a positive mindset and prepare you for mental health success.
- Relax strong emotions by practicing grounding techniques, such as the Butterfly Hug, deep breathing, or holding ice.
- Connect with nature. Spend time outdoors and take mental notes of the various sights, sounds, and smells you notice.
- Call or text a trusted friend. Contact a supportive friend who listens to you and offers encouragement.
Being aware of and identifying your emotions is the foundation for emotional health. Understanding your feelings allows you to cope better and be more gentle with yourself. Emotional self-care tips, like those below, help you learn how to manage your feelings, big and small.
- Read one of your favorite books to take a break from the daily to-do list.
- Have lunch with a friend or family member whom you haven’t seen for some time.
- Begin journaling, taking the time to notice the day’s various events and how they make you feel.
Take care of yourself during this busy but exciting time of year. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about our Residential Services, Professional Parenting, and Respite Foster Care services.Source: “Self-Care Resources. Web page. Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University. Web. 23 Dec. 2023.