Self care is all about…you guessed it – taking care of ourselves! And doing the things needed so that we get our needs met and we can thrive both physically and mentally.
But even though we all know this, so many of us struggle to actually put ourselves first and do the things we know we need to keep well – the phrase ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ is one of the truest ever said because it is only by making sure that we’re taking care of ourselves and we are ‘full up’ that we can effectively and truly show up and care for others.
These are just a few of the things that have helped me when I’ve noticed some of the warning signs setting in that I need to prioritise myself more.
Social media whilst it can be amazing, inspiring and connecting – it can also be a minefield! Depending on whats popping up on your newsfeed, freaking you out, upsetting you or just a constant comparison of anywhere you don’t feel like you’re doing as well as other people’s hand selected and curated moments. The key of course is balance and making sure you absolutely limit the amount of time and attention you are giving it BUT there’s nothing to stop you doing a full detox, delete the app for a day, a week or even a month! I’ve tried this a few times and honestly it was so liberating, within a day I felt better, brighter & happier!
Have a day off
There. I said it. Yes, I give you permission to have a day off, a full day…hell take two if you fancy it! The quote ‘it takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol’ from Brene Brown is spot on! A day off, in your PJ’s without feeling shame or guilt and getting some rest might be just what you need!
Nature is magical. If you can, get outside, get some fresh air, face the sun (Ok, we’re in the UK but pretend it’s there!) Adding in some gentle movement like a walk, jog, tai chi or even yoga could also prove wonders!
Remember that you deserve to take care of yourself – whatever that self care might look like for you. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.