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Self-Care Tips To Prevent Depression

For National 2-1-1 Day, we are celebrating the ways that self and mental care can be understood, appreciated, and enacted.  Here are some tips from Stephanie Jackman, LCSW, MS - a Mental Health Consultant and Private Practice Clinician, who is a supporter and affiliate of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and our Mission Program 2-1-1.


Tips for Self-Care:

Proper Nutrition

Eat three healthy meals daily.  Limit sugar intake and processed foods 

self care tipsAdequate Sleep

An adult over the age of 18 years old requires between 6-8 hours nightly to function throughout the average work or school day.

get enough sleep


Exercise & Leisure Activities

Integrate daily exercise for heart healthy living. Take the stairs as opposed to taking the elevator, park your vehicle further and integrate your spouse, children and friends to make healthy living a family affair. Participate in recreational activities that require you to move! Refrain from excessive television, video games and excessive alcohol consumption.

Family enjoying some self care outside.


Medical Care

Participate in annual physicals with your Primary Care Physician. Annual visits assist with ruling out any medical concerns.

Boy getting an annual phyisical.


Healthy Relationships

Engage with individuals that are supportive, positive and optimistic.

Two people making a hear symbol with their fingers in the setting sun.


Connect with a higher power, sense of purpose and meaning for your life. Expressing a sense of gratitude for all things.

Jewely with saying I am Grateful

Professional Therapist

Engage with a licensed mental health practitioner to assist with skills development related to coping skills.

Two women talking.


For additional resources around self-care, awareness, and crisis intervention visit our 2-1-1 LIFE LINE page. 2-1-1 is a service for EVERYONE, open 24/7 and just a call away.

Stephanie Jackman, LCSW, MS
Mental Health Consultant

Private Practice Clinician