“Be enough for yourself first; the world can wait its turn.”

Self-care is a vital component of everyday life, essential for our physical health, mental well-being, and the quality of our relationships. It involves simple yet impactful activities like practicing hygiene, eating well, and keeping our living spaces clean.

These acts of self-care are fundamental, helping us to engage confidently with the world around us. Adopting habits such as a consistent sleep schedule, nutritious eating, and regular exercise is crucial for maintaining our physical and mental health in peak condition.

At Seven Stars, we recognize that while the basics of self-care are important, the benefits of holistic self-care are incredibly supportive for our students on the spectrum.

  • Self-Care Reduces Anxiety and Stress: Engaging in self-care practices such as physical activity, mindfulness, or pursuing hobbies can serve as effective tools in lowering the risk of anxiety, stress, and depression, common issues faced by individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Self-Care Enhances Emotional Regulation: For youth on the spectrum, regular self-care routines can significantly improve their ability to manage emotional distress. This leads to better emotional regulation, positively influencing interactions and relationships, leading to more patience, understanding, and reduced likelihood of emotional outbursts.
  • Promotes Social Skills: By improving emotional regulation and reducing stress, self-care can also enhance social interactions. Youth on the spectrum who practice self-care are likely to exhibit more patience, empathy, and compassion in their relationships, fostering healthier social connections.

Self-care also offers benefits that may not be immediately apparent.

  • Supports Cognitive Function: Activities that are part of a self-care routine, like hobbies that stimulate the mind, can boost cognitive functions such as creativity and problem-solving. This is particularly beneficial for neurodiverse youth, enhancing their learning and coping strategies.
  • Boosts Self-Esteem and Independence: Self-care activities that encourage physical health, mental well-being, and personal interests can increase self-esteem and self-worth. This newfound confidence can empower them to pursue goals and foster a sense of independence, essential for navigating life’s challenges.

Self-care is more than a buzz-word.

Self-care is a comprehensive practice with extensive benefits that connect every part of our lives. By making self-care a priority, we improve and honor our physical and mental health, our emotional regulation, relationships, and professional success. Our team helps students at Seven Stars recognize that prioritizing self-care can set the foundation for an incredibly fulfilling, healthy life.

Contact our team to learn more about how we support our students through expert implementation of our Seven Stars.