Self-care: Take Care of Yourself

Self-care 101

Self-care: What it is, why it’s important and how your Columbia Benefits can help you take care of yourself. 

Taking care of yourself is key to balancing the many moving parts of your life. 


Adding self-care to your to-do list and making it a priority can help you manage the other priorities in your life. That may seem backwards but it’s true. Self-care refuels you and helps you stay healthy so that you can be your best at home, at work and at play.

Caring for yourself may include coping with stressnurturing your emotional well-beinggetting better sleepmanaging your weight and paying attention to nutrition. Self-care is as unique as you are.

Go to our well-being page for resources on nurturing your own well-being, including Work/Life programs, Physical Fitness and the Employee Assistance Program (where you can find Life Coaches and answers to almost everything!).

Join the Office of Work/Life the week of February 11 for their first dedicated CAREGIVERS WEEK—with workshops on Long-Distance Elder CaregivingFinding Care for Young Children; two sessions on Emotional Intelligence: Improving Your Professional and Personal Life; and a Valentine’s Day focus on Taking Care of Yourself.

Visit the Work/Life website to learn more about support for caring for yourself and others, including breastfeeding support, back-up care, school and child care search, wellness initiatives and more.

You’ve got a helping hand.

Like other important journeys, the path to well-being can be easier when you have a partner. Your Columbia benefits include free access to professional, experienced wellness coaches for help with sleep problems, stress, quitting smoking, exercise planning and much more. Talk to a wellness coach one-on-one, or get started on your own online. Learn more about the different types of support available through your Columbia benefits.

Don’t wait for doctor’s orders: a healthy heart should be a priority regardless of your age. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both women and men. February is Heart Health Month, an ideal time to consider these seven steps to better heart health.