For those who have experienced trauma, self-care can be viewed as an act of defiance towards those who hurt them or played a role in how they hurt and treat themselves. Self-care actually works and can be more life-giving the more we practice it. While self-care at any level is restorative, sometimes you might feel like doing more for yourself than taking a walk, listening to a podcast, or checking in with a family member or friend. Sometimes self-care requires a little more effort. When you are feeling energized and motivated to accomplish more, here are some medium effort things you can engage in that will help you create more significant changes in your life, mood, and feelings toward yourself. Remember if it feels difficult, that’s okay. Practice. Try.