Are you doing a good job at self-care?
There are several pathways to self-care, and none of them need be difficult or take a lot of planning: There is no one-size-fits-all choice. Different people have different answers. One person knits, another gets a regular massage. One person schedules romantic dates with his/her partner. Another person runs. I like to walk in the woods close to nature.
Our own self-care practices change over time as our needs, preferences, and life circumstances evolve and change. In my profession, self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity. It is for you, too.
Below are some ideas from my own self-care tool kit.
I eat health food every day including lots of fruit and vegetables.
I spend time with people I care about and who care for me.
I use relaxation strategies like meditation, mindfulness and tai chi to keep balance in my life.
I get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, 5 nights each week..
I drink at least 5 glasses of water daily.
I ask for help when I need it.
I spend time in nature at least twice per week.
I have a hobby that I enjoy doing.
I take holidays or frequent breaks from work.
I listen to music watch movies or read content that gives me positive feelings.
I practise deep breathing to anchor myself at least three times during the day.
I bring humour and laughter into my day.
I let go of things I cannot change.
I am kind and forgive myself when I make mistakes.
I keep in touch with my values and what really matters to me.
I go to a counsellor/psychotherapist when I have mental or emotional concerns.
Self-care works best when it is approached with a sense of curiosity, awareness, and open-mindedness. As we do this, we become better and better at keeping our lives and selves running smoothly; we become skilled mechanics in the workings of our own well-being.
Sharing your feelings and thoughts in a non-judgmental and compassionate setting I can help you make positive changes in your life by phoning Cabin Counselling on 087 6203371 to make an appointment.