Self-Care Practices

Self-care is extremely important for everybody to engage in. It is even more important for those who experience or have experienced trauma. Those healing from traumatic events and are going through the trauma healing process, should practice self-care and listen to their bodies. According to Dr. Hood, “if you truly want to overcome your trauma, you must face your feelings and practice self-care” (2018). Being able to let yourself feel and learning how to level out different feelings with self-care is crucial. However, self-care is not one specific act, or even a combination of certain acts. Self-care looks different for every individual.

Self-care acts can be broken down into seven pillars (Beard, 2022). These seven pillars work together to paint a complete picture. The seven pillars, according to Beard, include: mental, emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual, recreational and social (2022). What is important when practicing self-care is being aware of the seven different pillars and seeing what area needs focusing on. With those healing from traumatic events, it could be just an emotional focus of self-care and letting yourself feel the feelings or it could be a combination of a few of the pillars, such as mental, emotional and physical. Whatever it may be, self-care is essential for healing and dealing with trauma.

Below are ideas of self-care that fall into each pillar.


  • Journaling
  • Meditation
  • Intentional breaks from technology/social media


  • Listening to music
  • Watching a movie that makes you feel
  • Setting boundaries
  • Affirmations


  • Working out
  • Eating healthy meals
  • Drinking more water
  • Taking vitamins


  • Cleaning and resetting your space
  • Exploring somewhere new


  • Connecting to a higher power
  • Volunteering for something you believe in


  • Engaging in hobbies
  • Playing games, such as board or video games


  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Texting or calling a family member or a friend
  • Joining a group



Beard, C. (2022). The 7 Pillars of Self-Care and How to Use Them. The Blissful Mind. Retrieved February 20, 2023, from

Hood, J. (2022). The Importance of Self-Care After Trauma. Highland Springs Specialty Clinic. Retrieved February 20, 2023, from,to%20during%20this%20healing%20process.

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  1. Julianna,

    I actually did not know about the seven pillars of self-care acts, it was interesting to learn about those in your post. I agree that self-care is important, especially when struggling with any trauma or just in general to cope with everyday life. Did any of your research mention if these pillars are most effective when used all together, or if each should be practiced separately depending on the individual?

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