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Celebrate National Self-Care Awareness Month

It’s time to check in with yourself. How have you been doing lately? After an unprecedented pandemic which continues to rage on, coupled with a figurative mountain of other stressful events in the world, we all deserve to be kind to ourselves. Quite frankly, life has been hard lately on us all. That’s why we encourage you to take part this September in National Self-Care Awareness Month. 

It’s a month dedicated to checking in with yourself, being kind to your inner monologue and truly making sure you get what you need to fill up your cup. Check out these ideas to participate this month, and make self-care a part of your routine moving forward throughout the year! 

 

Talk to Somebody

Pick up the phone, and call a friend to talk about the important things going on in your life. Sometimes it’s helpful and therapeutic to get the thoughts in your head out into the universe. If you feel comfortable, therapy or counseling are wonderful options for a no-judgement, unbiased third party to listen to what’s been going on in your life. Consider making an appointment to talk it out with a professional who can help you with your everyday life or even your biggest struggles. 

 

Exercise

Even a small amount of exercise can help you release positive hormones that make you feel great. The exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous. Switch up one of your sit-down meetings for a walking meeting each day and try to get in 30 minutes of movement. It’s all about moving, no matter how fast or slow you go. Anything helps your body release feel-good endorphins. 

 

Eat Well

Have you been getting your fruits and veggies lately? Taking a look at your diet can be a great form of self-care because it helps you feel better physically. Consider using a food diary to track what you eat on a day-to-day basis. Try to make small improvements. Pick one thing you’d like to get better at and start there. These can be small changes that add up over time! 

 

Volunteer

Giving back to others can help fill up your metaphorical cup. Find an organization where you love to volunteer your time and help others. Even though this is called “self-care,” volunteering has been proven to help improve your mood. How could you not leave feeling happy about having helped others?! The truth is, it’s nearly impossible. 

 

Treat Yourself

While it’s true that self-care is not all about bath bombs or face masks, there’s something to be said about doing the things that relax you. Maybe you’re a full-time mom who never has the chance to take a moment by yourself. In that case, a bath bomb or face mask by yourself for a specified amount of time to unwind may be the perfect self-care tactic you need. Meditation, while using some of these items to relax, is a wonderful way to unwind. 

 

Think about the things you enjoy doing that are a form of stress relief and make you truly happy. Run toward those activities and make the time to partake! This September, remember to put yourself first. When you do this, you’re more likely to be able to give 100 percent to those around you as well. In order to make a difference in the world, it all starts with you!

Our Impact in 2020

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Originally founded in 1984 as The Center for Women and Children in Crisis, The Refuge Utah has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Timpanogos Legal Center provides free legal advice and legal document preparation for victims of domestic violence and low-income persons.

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  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • Cycling club dedicated to ending child abuse.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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