Self-Care

I imagine that a lot of people get to the end of the day without actively taking care of themselves. We are often busy, and it can be hard to find time for ourselves, but, if we don’t then it can have a detrimental impact on our emotional and physical health.

Do we know what self-care is? Is it just associated with trips to the spa, or does it bring up images of incense and yoga? Essentially, self-care is taking time for yourself in whatever shape of form that works for you. It can be tiny habits or something that only takes a few minutes, and it can be things that can be incorporated into our daily lives. For those of us who don’t routinely focus on providing self-care for ourselves it may be that we need to try and make it part of our routine just like brushing our teeth.

It’s important to remember that self-care is very personal to you.

There are different aspects of self-care, however the key to remember is to take baby steps and set yourself small goals, otherwise you may end up finding it’s unachievable to commit to or that you end up feeling worse for not doing it.

Self-care can take many forms…here are a few ideas…

1.Physical self-care

e.g., eating a balanced diet, exercising, making sure you get some fresh air, getting enough sleep and having a good bedtime routine.

2. Psychological self-care

e.g., practicing mindfulness, visualisation, meditation, reading a book, colouring, puzzles, learning a new skill, writing or anything that you can get absorbed in away from technology.

3. Emotional self-care

e.g., managing stress effectively, learning what your boundaries are, learning to say no, writing down at least 1 thing you are grateful for every day.

4. Social self-care

e.g., surrounding yourself with supportive people and those that make you happy rather than drag you down or judge you, asking for help when you need it, meeting new people by joining a group etc.

6. Financial self-care

e.g., saving money wisely (this could include saving money that you used to spend on drinking, smoking, takeaways, buying lunch everyday etc), being aware of your income and expenditures, possibly setting yourself a budget.

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Self-care has been shown to improve our immunity, increase positive thinking and make us more resilient against mental health issues including stress, depression, and anxiety.

I believe that it is important to teach children about self-care and how they can create healthy habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives.

We live in a world were technology plays a huge role in our lives, but this isn’t always a good thing, particularly for children. Therefore, it can be important to teach children how to have fun away from screens.

Ideas include: –

  • Dancing
  • Having a pillow fight
  • Baking
  • Arts and crafts
  • Building a den
  • Camping
  • Board games
  • Splashing in puddles or the sea
  • Burying someone’s feet or legs in the sand at the beach

(These ideas can be enjoyed by anyone no matter your age!!)

The main thing is to try and do something you enjoy every day and making this a priority!

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