Self Care
22 Jan 2024

Practical Tools to Support Self-Care

In our latest episode of “Between White Coats,” we covered the topic of self-care, unraveling the layers of its significance and shedding light on practices that go beyond conventional notions. This blog post delves into the heart of self-care, inspired by our podcast discussion, aiming to dissect the misconceptions surrounding it and provide valuable insights and tips for cultivating a healthier, more balanced life.

Demystifying Self-Care

Self-care is not just about spa days or treating yourself; it goes beyond the superficial. Self-care isn’t selfish, and it doesn’t have to be an either-or situation. Making regular deposits into our “health bank” through daily, weekly, and consistent practices can have an impact on our overall well-being. Our new wellness center in Monroe can help you to navigate the intricacies of self-care and offer services and programs to integrate it into your life.

Deposits and Withdrawals in the Health Bank

Dr. Plaster introduced the analogy of a “health bank,” emphasizing that life’s challenges often lead to withdrawals. Whether it’s a health diagnosis, an unexpected event, or a global pandemic, our health bank faces constant withdrawals. Self-care, then, becomes the practice of making intentional deposits to ensure resilience in the face of life’s uncertainties.

Time Management and Nutrition as Self-Care

Prioritizing time for planning healthy meals, scheduling family activities, and practicing mindfulness are key aspects when it comes to our individual self-care. Taking time to evaluate where your time is being spent is a crucial starting step.  Self-care doesn’t have to consume your entire schedule.

Sleep, Exercise, and Stress Management

The pillars of good health — sleep, exercise, and stress management — become focal points when considering our self-care. There is a critical significance of protecting sleep as a valuable commodity. Exercise, whether through structured activities like a group fitness class or simple walks, is a powerful tool for making deposits into the health bank. Stress management strategies, including mindfulness and community support, are essential for maintaining a healthy balance.

Building a Supportive Community

There is a positive impact on our well-being through being present in a supportive community. Whether through shared hobbies, group activities, or simply connecting with like-minded individuals, community engagement contributes to both mental and physical well-being. Having people in your life to support one another in times of need and having a strong community can act as a buffer against life’s stressors.


It is important to acknowledge the role self-care plays in our overall well-being. It is not only essential but also empowering. Self-care isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. It is important to consistently make regular deposits into your health bank so that when life presents challenges, there are ample resources to draw from. We offer multiple services and programs that can support or compliment your self-care efforts. If you want to learn more or aren’t sure where to start, reach out to schedule a conversation. 

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