Counseling Center


What is Self-Care?

Self-care activities can range from physical activities such as exercising and eating healthy, to mental activities such as reading a book or practicing mindfulness, to spiritual or social activities such as praying or catching lunch with a friend. The important thing to remember about self-care is that it is about listening to what your mind and body need. 

Physical Self-Care Examples:

  • Eat a healthy meal
  • Engage in exercise
  • Go for a walk
  • Drink water
  • Practice good sleep hygiene (click here for more information)
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Sit in the sunlight
  • Take a shower or bath

Mental Self-Care Examples:

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Take a break
  • Play video games
  • Listen to music
  • Read a book
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Reflect on things you are grateful for

Spiritual/Social Self-Care Examples:

  • Pray
  • Call/text a friend
  • Connect with nature
  • Meditate
  • Engage in self-reflection

Self-Care Action Planning

Watch the video below then click here to create your own self-care plan!



*Disclaimer: This page is meant to provide education about coping and basic suggestions for healthy coping strategies. The content of this workshop is not meant to replace therapy and is not considered mental health treatment. If you are in crisis or find yourself needing more support please call the UToledo Counseling Center at 419-530-2426.

Last Updated: 6/27/22