Self-care basics

Start with eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep

The term “self-care” gets thrown around a lot these days. But you shouldn’t scoff at it. Seriously, taking care of your physical and mental well-being is critically important. Just ask folks who have, say, burned the candle at both ends, not paid attention to their bodies and minds, and ended up getting sick or having a breakdown as a result. There are many ways to practice self-care, but in this special Health Issue we’ve consulted with local experts to bring readers back to the basics: eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. We’re also highlighting a few extra self-care practices to consider in the new year. Bonus: Former longtime CN&R Editor Robert Speer shares the benefits of practicing mindfulness (see Healthlines, page 12). We hope you enjoy reading these pieces and wish you a healthful and happy 2020.