The Basics of Good Self-Care

according to Dr. Richard O’Connor

  • Exercise moderately but regularly
  • Eat healthy but delicious meals
  • Regularize your sleep cycle
  • Practice good personal hygiene
  • Get help for painful conditions
  • Don’t drink to excess or abuse drugs
  • Spend some time every day in play
  • Develop recreational outlets that encourage creativity
  • Avoid unstructured time
  • Make commitments
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Limit exposure to mass media
  • Distance yourself from destructive situations or people
  • Cultivate your sense of humor
  • Allow yourself to feel pride in your accomplishments
  • Listen to compliments and expressions of affection
  • Avoid depressed self-absorption
  • Build and use a support system
  • Pay more attention to small pleasures and sensations
  • Challenge yourself

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