Easy Ways to Take Time for Self-Care

Some survivors of childhood sexual abuse tend to put others first. After all, if you’re worrying about everyone else, then you don’t have time to think about yourself, about your past, or about any unresolved trauma you may not have dealt with yet. That might work in the short-term, but long-term it can have unhealthy results.

One of the best ways to take care of others is to make sure you are in a good, healthy place. We encourage survivors to take time every day for self-care; we even sometimes call the 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope “Dailies.”

Below are the basics of how you can start doing your own Daily:

Set aside 15 to 30 minutes for self-care.

Block out time for yourself every day. Plan it into your day. Make it a priority and try not to accept excuses or let other things get in the way.

Decide what you need.

Every day you’ll have different needs. Think about your mood, your emotional state, your physical activity levels that day, etc. Then answer the questions: What would I benefit the most from today? How can I put that into action? For instance, if you need a minute to yourself, then meditation might be the best option for self-care that day.

Just do it.

After you’ve decided what to do, make it happen! Whether you decide to do some grounding exercises, yoga, or journaling, make sure you follow through.

Self-care can be one of the hardest things to make a priority. Make a goal to take care of yourself—even if you have to start with doing it just 15 minutes a day. Doing a Daily can make a bad day good and a good day even better. And who can’t benefit from that?

For more information and ideas for Dailies, read our Reclaim Hope Workbook.