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Learn self-care with online courses and programs

Empower yourself to proactively manage your health and happiness in a world that often demands constant productivity. Learn more about self-care with edX.

What is self-care?

Self-care refers to the deliberate practice of taking actions and adopting habits that prioritize and nurture one's physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. It involves recognizing and addressing personal needs, reducing stress, and maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

For instance, physical self-care includes activities like regular exercise, maintaining a nutritious diet, getting adequate sleep, and practicing good hygiene. These actions contribute to physical health, energy levels, and overall vitality. Mental self-care focuses on nurturing cognitive well-being. It involves activities such as mindfulness meditation, journaling, or engaging in hobbies and intellectual pursuits. These practices help manage stress, improve concentration, and promote mental clarity.

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Self-care course curriculum

The journey of self-care is a transformative process that requires a comprehensive approach. Introductory classes may delve into the fundamentals, introducing concepts such as the importance of sleep, nutrition, and physical activity in maintaining wellness. Further courses may include topics such as:

  • Stress management techniques

  • The role of mindfulness in self-care

  • Deeper discussions on overcoming personal obstacles

  • Importance of emotional intelligence

  • Role of positive social interactions in overall wellness

  • Incorporation of case studies

Throughout all levels, the curriculum is likely to highlight the importance of self-love, self-respect, and the courage to prioritize one's own needs — the cornerstones of self-care.

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including self-care and personal development. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp, or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree, or (or more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education courses specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to self-care

There is a wide range of professional roles in which the principles and practice of self-care are central. Health and wellness coaches work with individuals on a one-to-one basis, helping them set and achieve goals related to physical and mental wellbeing. Psychologists and therapists often use self-care strategies in their work with clients, while social workers may promote self-care as a means of helping their clients cope with stress and hardship. 

In the corporate sector, wellness coordinators and human resources professionals may implement self-care strategies as part of a broader focus on employee wellbeing.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in psychology depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.