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The importance of 'self-care'

08th January 2022

Self-care, something so important, yet how often do we take time for ourselves?

When you think of self-care, what do you think of, how important is it to you?

Often, I talk with clients about the importance of taking time to care for and nurture themselves.  Frequently, people don’t even know where to start, yet self-care is so vital to help us de-stress, relax, sleep well, maintain positive moods and cope with everyday anxieties. 

Here’s a few suggestions to get you thinking what you could do to improve your self-care:

Activities you can do:

  • Keep a daily journal - writing down your thoughts and feelings can really help you offload and gain clarity
  • Practice mindfulness, grounding, deep breathing, meditation or relaxation techniques
  • Exercise - go for a walk, practice yoga, go to the gym/cycling/swimming
  • Connect with nature - appreciate your environment
  • Gardening - enjoy the outdoors and get productive
  • Pamper yourself - take a bath, indulge in a beauty routine
  • Take time out to cook a healthy meal
  • Find time for your favourite hobby, start a new one or indulge in an old hobby
  • Declutter a small space - this can give you a sense of control/organisation as well as distract and de-stress you
  • Catch up with friends/family - take time to talk, have fun and engage with those you care about

Create something special:

  • Create your very own 'self-care or rescue box' - a place where you can add all the things you may find useful to help you unwind, switch off, relax, relieve anxiety or improve your mood.

A 'self-care or rescue box' is something I would discuss in a session with clients, if appropriate, and explore my ‘self-care handout’ which includes lots of activity suggestions and items to add to the box.

There are lots of things you can do for your self-care, the suggestions above are just a few ideas to get you thinking!  The main thing is to recognise you need to take some time out to re-charge, heal, repair and love youself enough!

 

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance”

Oscar Wilde

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