During the season of love, CCI says don’t forget about number one.

CCI Health Services is encouraging patients, and the broader community, to extend the kindness, compassion, and love they show others to themselves by taking care of their physical and mental health. The #LoveYourself campaign asks individuals to embrace everything that makes them, them—mind, body, spirit, culture, and experiences.


Mental Health Moments

  • Find ways to relax, like meditation, yoga, taking a bath, taking a walk or dancing.
  • Keep a gratitude list. Notice the things that bring you joy and are going well. Train your mind to see the great stuff in your life.
  • Practice good hygiene. Ever notice how refreshed you feel after a shower or how great a bed with clean sheets feels. Good hygiene is important for social, medical, and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way you feel about yourself.
  • Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
  • Connect with people you love. Social distancing has made it hard to see the people in our lives. Try connecting with them virtually via Facetime or just make a phone call. We’re sure they’d love to hear from you.

What your Body Craves

  • Sleep. Aim for 7 to 8 hours per night. Avoid having your phone in bed with you.
  • Move your body for 30 minutes every day. You can dance, jump around, walk, or ride a bike, just move.
  • Go outside and get some vitamin D. Research shows vitamin D can help regulate your mood and give you the boost you need.
  • Eat healthy foods. Choose various foods and beverages to build your own healthy eating style. Include foods from all food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein foods.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Go for your regular check-ups. Don’t avoid your doctor’s office. If you’re concerned about going to your provider’s office, find out what precautions they are taking to stay COVID-19 safe. You can also ask if they offer virtual visits.

Lessons from the Past

  • Know and act on your family health history. Finding disease early can often mean better health in the long run.
  • Have open conversations about family trauma and seek care. Although still developing, research is exploring how our historical and cultural traumas impact us and generations to come. Transgenerational trauma is the theory that states that trauma can be transferred from the first generation of trauma survivors to the second and further generations of offspring of the survivors via complex post-traumatic stress disorder mechanisms.
  • Record your family history through genealogy research.
  • Talk with your family members about their lives. Keep a record of your family’s stories and history to pass down.

Lead by Example

  • Encourage kids to spend less time with electronic devices and more time learning, playing, and reading. Recent studies have shown that cutting down on screen time can positively affect kids’ physical, social, and behavioral well-being and can even improve their academic performance.
  • Breastfeeding is a family affair. It takes time, practice, patience, and teamwork. Parents can offer each other support and encouragement by being involved in every breastfeeding journey step. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages breastfeeding for the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding while giving other family foods for at least 12 months and beyond, as long as desired by both the parent and infant/child. Need breastfeeding support, CCI can help.
  • Immunizations are important at every life stage, including infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Vaccines can help protect pregnant women and their fetuses against severe disease.
  • Move more with your loved ones. Include 2½ hours each week of physical activity such as brisk walking, dancing, or swimming. The activity can be done for at least 10 minutes at a time, and preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Being pregnant was hard work. Babies need healthy, happy parents, so don’t forget to take care of yourself.
  • Wake every morning with an appreciation for the loved ones in your life. Tell them you love and care for them often.

I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

Maya Angelou, Author & Activist