Caring for yourself

We’re here to help you in life’s hardest moments.

No matter what you’re going through, we want you to know you’re not alone. Below, you’ll find everyday practices that can help you care for yourself, accept difficult feelings, and find support.

  • Slow down and feel your feelings

    None of us want to be sad, angry, or scared. But research shows that letting yourself fully experience your emotions can help you start to heal.

  • Focus on the basics: breathe, eat, sleep, and move

    During life’s hardest moments, it’s critical to focus on the self-care basics: sleeping, eating, breathing, and moving.

  • It’s not your fault & it won’t always feel like this

    During difficult times, it’s easy to fall into mental traps, such as the “3 P’s.” Remember that it’s not your fault, & this feeling won’t last forever.

  • Practice self-compassion: how to be kind to yourself

    Self-compassion can help you get through hard times with less pain. Learn how to practice self-compassion & be kind to yourself.

  • How to ask for help: kick the elephant out of the room

    Don’t ignore the elephant in the room — kick it out. Learn how to open up, have difficult conversations & ask for the help you need.

  • How to build your support system

    During hard times, everyone needs extra support. Learn how to build your support system of friends, family, & other loved ones.

  • Avoid avoidance & accept negative emotions

    The battle to push bad feelings away will make your life smaller over time. Learn how to accept & embrace negative emotions during life’s hardest moments.

  • How to practice gratitude & spread it to others

    During hard times, practicing gratitude may not feel natural or intuitive, but it can make a difference.

  • Struggle, grief & joy can co-exist

    Positive & negative emotions don’t cancel each other out, & you don’t have to be done with pain to make space for joy. Learn how grief & joy can co-exist.

  • Post-Traumatic Growth: build a meaningful new normal

    Learn more about post-traumatic growth & creating a more meaningful life after hardship.

Looking for advice on supporting a loved one? 64% of the Option B community shared that they are supporting someone else through an Option B moment in addition to caring for themselves. If this is you, you can find guidance on what to do next here.

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