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DEMCO wants you to know.....

Self-care is a way of Prevention

Self-care means taking the time to do things that help you live well and improve both your physical health and mental health. It is important that when it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Even small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. Self Care is a deterrent to drug and substance abuse.

Here are some tips to help you get started with self-care:

  • Get regular exercise. Just 30 minutes of walking every day

  • Eat healthy, regular meals, and stay hydrated. Limit caffeinated beverages such as soft drinks or coffee.

  • Make sleep a priority. Stick to a schedule

  • Try a relaxing activity. Regular times for these and other healthy activities you enjoy

  • Set goals and priorities. Decide what must get done now and what can wait.

  • Practice gratitude. Remind yourself daily of the things you are grateful for.

  • Focus on positivity. Identify and challenge your negative and unhelpful thoughts.

  • Stay connected. Reach out to your friends or family members who can provide emotional support and practical help.

It is important to find what you need and enjoy. Self-care looks different for everyone. Understanding what causes or triggers you and learning coping techniques that work for you can help manage your mental health and help you to: Stay Drug and Substance Abuse FREE!

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