Supercharge your wellbeing with quality self-care
You might have heard a lot about self-care lately, and you might be wondering if brushing your teeth and washing your hair will cut it.
While these things are important, this isn’t entirely what we mean when we talk about self-care.
So, what is self-care?
Self-care is any activity that we purposefully do in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care can encapsulate a wide range of activities, and what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.
Important things to know:
- Self-care is about refuelling yourself when you feel low,
- Self-care is good for your mind and body,
- Self-care isn’t a selfish act,
- Self-care is key to improved mood, reduced anxiety, and a good relationship with yourself and others
It’s important to remember that while self-care should be something you enjoy doing, not everything you enjoy doing is self-care. Over-eating, risk taking, and using drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol might be enjoyable in the moment, but have long term negative effects on your health.
To provide some self-care inspiration, we’ve provided a selection of tips below:
- Take a walk – getting the body moving has many benefits for your mental and physical health. Get into the great outdoors for a short walk whenever you can. You could even bring your dog to get you both moving!
- Breathe deep – this short visualisation may help you to take a moment out of your day to reset and energise.
- Cook a meal – cooking for yourself is a great activity you can do as part of your self-care routine. Whether you meal prep or choose to make a favourite dinner, cooking can help to refuel you mentally and physically.
- Catch up with a friend – chatting to a friend can help both of you feel connected and cared for. You could combine this with another self-care activity to leave both of you feeling revitalised!
- Take a nap – getting enough quality sleep is vital to your health and wellbeing. Taking a well-timed nap can increase alertness, boost creativity, brighten your mood and reduce stress.
- Positive thinking – by having a positive outlook on life you’re less likely to tire yourself out with stress, anxiety, worry and frustration. Be aware of your self-talk and stop the negative messages.
- Get outdoors – fresh air and sunshine can do wonders for the soul. Take a moment to get outside, really look around, and enjoy being in nature.
Whether you add self-care activities to your daily routine, or you commit to them once a month, it’s important that you make self-care a priority.
Why not take a make a moment to build your own go-to list? Your mind and body will thank you.
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