Self-Care: Taking Care of Your Body
Perhaps you’re interested in doing more self-care but you’re not sure where to begin. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) teaches a skill called Taking care of your mind by taking care of your body and can be remembered as the PLEASE skills. This skill has 5 steps that when followed help you become less receptible to stress and improve your well-being!
- Treat PhysicaL illness
If you’re sick, go to the doctor. Take your medication as prescribed. Stay up to date with yearly check-ups.
- Balance Eating
Eat food that nourishes your body and gives you energy. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full.
- Avoid mood-Altering substances
Stay away from illegal drugs and limit/be mindful of alcohol intake (if at all).
- Balance Sleep
Try and stay on a consistent sleep schedule where you get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night or where you’re getting the amount of sleep that helps you feel your best.
- Get Exercise
Try to engage in some type of exercise every day! 20 minutes of daily exercise can help with stress levels and mood.
If you or a loved one are struggling please consider scheduling an appointment with a therapist at the Summit Counseling Center by calling 678-893-5300 or contacting us via our website www.summitcounseling.org.