Letters To The Editor

Angelina Pascual, Reporter

The Importance of Self Care

Teens in our community are thriving, high-achieving, and motivated individuals. For some people, it’s almost second nature to yield to the wishes and demands of family members, friends, and employers before even considering their own. Unfortunately, failing to care for your own emotional and physical needs before attempting to resolve those of others can really take a toll on your emotional and physical well-being. Generally speaking, self-care is engaging in activities and behaviours that have a positive effect on your mental and physical health.  You have to take care of your own mental and physical health before you can truly devote yourself to your family and friends. The most important thing about self-care is to not force it — if you turn it into a chore, it loses all value. Self-care should be relaxing, enjoyable, and sometimes downright fun. Do what makes you happy, and if you find an activity just doesn’t work for you, try something else! If you’re new to self-care, you may at first confuse it with being selfish. This is absolutely not the case. Self-care is essential to your health — don’t let anyone tell you any different.