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18 Tips For Self Care For Teens

Adapted from Ailbhe Malone’s post for BeWell Health and Wellness Initiative.

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2) Instead of sounds, try relaxing with smells

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You can often find affordable essential oils, candles, scented baths products, and pillow spray in a variety of relaxing scents such as lavender, lemon, and jasmine.

6) Make a note of all the good you have done


Write down compliments, accomplishments, good grades, and other things you are proud of. Review the list when you need to take a break and focus on self care.

8) Do a puzzle

Doing a puzzle can be extremely relaxing. If you do not have puzzle pieces, you can do other kinds of puzzles as well. It may seem old-school to do a paper puzzle such as a word search, Sudoku or cross word puzzle, but printing one and filling it out pencil and paper style can be relaxing as well.

11) Start thinking positively


When you start to think of negative thoughts, take a step back and think of at least 3 positive things about yourself. If it helps, imagine what your best friend may say about you.

16) Go outside

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Even in a big city such as NYC, being outside is vital for self care. Go for a walk, climb the rocks in your local park, or watch the water flow down the river. Being in nature can help you feel grounded and calm.

18) Create a list of things you love

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For this list, write down everything you love - including other people, things, activities, etc. If you have time, pick of of the things you write down and do it/talk to that person/etc.

Have something else you do for self care? Let us know in the comments and we'll add to the list!

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