What is Self-Care?

Posted on June 4, 2016

Self-care isn’t just a ‘trend’, something for the super spiritual or just a common practice for people who have come through counselling. It is a human practice that we all know we need, but often struggle to do.

How do I practice self-care?

The first step is carving out time for yourself. Some people call it ‘me’ time, others just say, ‘I need some space’ or ‘I need to stop for awhile’. In any case, self-care requires an intentional effort to be kind to yourself.

The second step comes when you listen to your body. What does it need? What is your mind saying? If you are fatigued, you may need a really good nap and an afternoon off. If you feel anxious and lonely, spending time with a friend over coffee could be the solution you are looking for. Are you exhausted and stressed? You might try practicing mindfulness, yoga or meditation each morning, and this could revitalise your days. Or if the routine of sleep—eat—work—repeat is sapping you of happiness, a night out with some friends could be what you need to break the cycle.

Step three is simply this—do it. It’s not always easy to practice self-care. We live in a culture than demands an all-or-nothing attitude when it comes to working, and any rest is seen as lazy. But when we don’t practice self-care, we burn out.

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