Self-Care Is For All Ages

Updated January 23, 2023by BetterHelp Editorial Team
Prioritize Your Own Self-Care

Self-care is for everyone. You might think that you don’t need to take care of your mind and body because you are always busy caring for others, but that isn’t always true. 

Caring for mind and body can be a healing journey. 

Therapy, for example, can be a healthy way to engage in self-care. Going to your psychiatrist can be a wonderful experience. You can even put self-care reminders on post-it notes over your house so that you remember and know when to make time or find ways to care for yourself. Here are some reasons that self-care for moms, dads, children, and everyone else can be so essential:

You Don't Have to Be Selfish To Care For You

When you engage in self-care, you can prevent anxiety and depression from coming at times. People who care for themselves typically become versed in understanding their needs. Whether you are gardening or writing in a journal, self-care has the potential to make you feel alive. 

Self Care For Kids

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Self-care for the mind and body is not just for adults. Kids can engage in meditation or journaling, or other activities. Another way that kids can practice self-care can be to talk about their emotions in a safe, non-judgmental environment. 

Remember that as a parent, the more that you model self-care for your mind and body, incorporate it into your everyday family life, and set self-care reminders, the more you can show that self-care is for everyone. 

Another way to talk about self-care for the mind and body with kids is to introduce them to the concept of counseling at a young age. It’s never too early to talk about how taking care of your mind can benefit your life. When you normalize therapy to children at a young age like doing chores or taking them to the store, it can help them feel more comfortable reaching out for help when they get older. 

Self-Care For The Mind And Body For Older People

Prioritize Your Own Self-Care

There are some instances where older adults don’t have the ability or take care of themselves in the way that they did when they were younger. But that doesn’t mean that older adults can’t engage in self-care for the mind and body. 

Self-care for the mind and body is often about expressing what you need. Stating your needs to your support system can be a form of self-care via personal advocacy. 

You can get some ideas for what self-care might look like to an older adult by talking to older adults in your community and asking what their needs are. Some self-care ideas for the mind and body work for all ages, some top categories, for example, are deep breaths through meditation or engaging in a community. 

Learning About How Self Care Is For Everyone in Therapy

Therapy can help with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, and loneliness. In addition to crisis management, therapists can help you come up with self-care reminders and show you different ways in which you can nurture yourself. A therapist can provide you with healing resource reminders such as apps on your phone to practice self-care. It can be crucial to keep track of your progress, so you know that you’re caring for yourself. 


If you’re struggling with self-care for the mind and body, you can talk to a mental health professional and find different methods to help you. The online therapists here at BetterHelp are available to help you better care for yourself and, by extension, those around you. 

Studies show that online therapy is just as effective as traditional in-person therapy. In fact, online therapy can sometimes be even more effective because it is more convenient and affordable than traditional models.

If you are working to prioritize self-care, then online therapy can be a great place to start.

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