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Self care is a practice of general actions that an individual can take to maintain or improve their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being (Source). Self care can mean different things to different people, and constantly shifts and morphs because our individual needs shift and morph.

Self care is a broad topic that ranges from the most basic human needs to more abstract concepts. Sometimes self care isn’t fun or relaxing, but necessary to our well-being and health. Here are the DPYS Levels of self care (based loosely on Maslow’s Hierarchy):

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The benefits of self care.

  • Increased productivity

  • A better sense of self

  • More understanding of your needs

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Improved decision-making

  • Taking care of yourself helps you to care for others

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