Self-Care Resources

The Lōkahi Wheel

Lōkahi Wheel

The Lōkahi Wheel reminds us of the different areas of wellness and how to balance our self-care and our lives. When one portion of the wheel is neglected or in conflict, we may feel it in other areas as well. Take the time to make sure you are caring for yourself in all of these ways.  

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("self-care"--The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health)
  1. Make a List
    Write up a list of tasks you need to get done before you start your day. Prioritize time-sensitive tasks and write the ones you can save for the next day at the end. Cross out the tasks as you complete each one. If a task takes less than 2 minutes, do it now. 
    Bonus Tip: Finish one task before moving to the next to reduce multitasking. Put all your focus on one task at a time.
  2. Take 5 Minutes For Yourself Every Day 
    Whether you are just sitting, breathing, or listening to music, go somewhere by yourself and relinquish your company.
  3. Celebrate Small Achievements
    Even completing small goals will help you get closer in reaching your goals, those should be celebrated too.
  4. Take a Break
    Do your work in blocks to lessen the strain. After finishing one lesson, take a five minute break before moving on.
  5. Talk to Yourself Nicely
    Cut out self-deprecating humor and negative self-talk. Saying things like, "I can't do this" or "I'm a loser" can make you feel worse and limit your potential.

When you’re always on the go, make sure you regularly check in on your wellbeing and basic needs. 
Pay attention to these 5 different self-care areas to help you thrive and keep you healthy. 

  • Are you sleeping too little or too much?
  • Is your diet fueling your body well?
  • Are you eating too little or too much?
  • Are you taking charge of your health?
  • Are you getting enough exercise?


  • Are you getting enough contact with your friends?
  • What are you doing to nurture your relationships with friends and family?
  • Have you been going out too much or not enough?
  • Are you able to say "no" to going out when you don't want to?


  • What questions do you ask yourself about your life and experience?
  • Are you engaging in spiritual practices that you find fulfilling?
  • Are you breathing and practicing mindfulness?


  • Are you taking enough breaks?
  • Are you making enough time for activities that mentally stimulate you?
  • Are you learning new things or mastering a new skill?
  • Have you been taking time for your hobbies?


  • What healthy ways do you process your emotions?
  • Who can you talk to about your feelings?
  • Do you incorporate activities into your life that help you feel recharged?
  • Are you able to put a name to your feelings?
  • How do you feel right now?
  • 1 in 5 adults are living with a mental health illness
  • Approximately 60% of them don't receive mental health services
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness
  • Mental health can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race, ethnic, or socio-economic group.

Need other kinds of help? Check out some of Community Resources

 Access Free, Anonymous, and Confidential Mental Health Screening Tools

Mental Health Emergency?

If you are feeling suicidal, experiencing a mental health crisis, and require immediate assistance,  please call the National Suicide Lifeline 988 or CARES Line of Hawaii at 1-800-753-6879 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. If you require immediate help regarding domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the YWCA 24-hour line at 808-245-6362.


  • National Suicide Lifeline (also Veteran's Crisis Line) 988
  • Hawai'i CARES Suicide & Crisis Hotline 800-753-6879 
  • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault - YWCA Kaua'i 808-245-6362
  • Crisis Text Line - Text "HOME" to 741-741
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ) 866-488-7386 or text "START" to 678-678
  • LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564 
  • LGBT National Youth Hotline (up to age 25) 800-246-7743 

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