Self-Care is the act of taking care of yourself, so you’re able to manage whatever life throws at you. It’s emotionally recharging preparing you to be the best that you can be. It’s especially important now more than ever with Covid raging on in the world around us and with that bringing so much uncertainty. Regular self-care can help us decrease our risks of burnout and reaching breaking point. Just like we need sleep and to eat healthy for our physical health, we need to do self-care for our emotional health.
Self-care can be anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours there’s no limit, just as long as you feel mentally recharged afterwards. Self-care looks different to everyone what might be self-care for me and recharge my batteries won’t necessarily work for you. It can take trial and error to work out what forms of self-care are most beneficial to you and it may depend on a lot of factors. For example, going for a walk may be great self-care when the sun is shining but not when it’s raining as it then feels like a chore. You also might have had a full-on week and the last thing you feel like is seeing friends so your self-care might be doing something alone. The best thing about self-care is that it can adapt and change as you need it to.
Examples of self-care include:
- Exercise – going for a run, bike ride or a walk.
- Sitting in silence doing breathing exercises.
- Catching up with close friends.
- Doing a hobby or something you enjoy.
- Watching a movie or a tv show or reading a book.
- Taking the time to make a good cup of coffee and enjoying it.
- Seeing a psychologist or a counsellor.
Lots of factors go into how much self-care you will need, and only you can know how much you need on a regular basis. Self-care is most beneficial if you do it on a regular basis and you might find it easier to schedule it in compared to just doing it on a as needed basis. Any self-care is better than no self-care but at the same time after a major event that has left you emotionally drained or if you’re going through a tough patch, it’s important to remember that you’re going to need more compared to other times.
It can be hard to justify self-care during times of crisis but that’s when it’s most important. You know when you board an aeroplane (remember flying pre pandemic?) and how they always tell to put your air mask on first and then help others if there happens to be a crisis that’s exactly what you’re doing. How can you be expected to help people when you need to help yourself? No one is going to mind if you go for a walk for 5 minutes to clear your head in the middle of a stressful situation or take a nap if you haven’t been sleeping well due to your mental health. You do what you need to do survive and be the best that you can be.
Selfcare is so important, and it should be something that we prioritise not just during the hard times but regularly.
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