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January 2023 - Self-Care

Welcome back! 


We, at Nelson Heights School, are thrilled to be back after the winter break, returning to our routines, and working with our fantastic students. I hope you were all able to find some time to relax and spend time with your families during the break. 


This month at Nelson Heights we are focusing on self-care. Self-care can mean many things for different people, but at its core it is anything you do for yourself that feels nourishing. Practicing regular self-care regularly can help you improve both your physical and mental health.



Examples of Self-Care:

  • Something that relaxes you.
  • Focusing on your nutrition.
  • Participating in physical activity
  • Quality of sleep.
  • Connecting with others.
  • Getting a task done that has been weighing on you. 


How to start a self-care routine:

  • Determine which activities bring you joy, replenish your energy, and restore your balance.
  • Start small by choosing one behavior you’d like to incorporate into your routine in the next week.
  • Build up to practicing that behavior every day for one week.
  • Reflect on how you feel.
  • Add in additional practices/activities when ready.
  • Get support through sharing practices from loved ones, a coach, a licensed professional (like a therapist or dietitian), or through your healthcare plan, community, or workplace.


Most importantly, self-care requires us to regularly check-in with ourselves and recognize our emotional state in order to implement the proper strategies. Try using a visual reminder or setting a timer for 5 minutes each day to do a self-check! 


I recommend reading through this article by KidsHelpLine on self-care for teens. There is a lot of helpful information on the impacts of sleep, nutrition, and physical activity on our mental health.


Building a strong self-care routine with our children early on will help them have the important coping skills needed to manage future problems and stresses, and in turn help them maintain a positive mental health.


For more resources, check out the Self-Care page of the NLPS website.

If you would like me to connect with your child or your family, you can contact me at the school at 780-639-3388 or


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