Monday marks the start of Self Care Awareness Week 2017; this year’s theme is ‘Embracing Self Care for Life’.
The Self Care Forum explains “Self Care is the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.”
Self Care can include knowing where to seek advice from when we feel unwell such as your GP, Pharmacist or A&E department.
For me, self care also encompasses how we can take care of ourselves daily to improve our overall health and well-being, both physically and mentally.
Self care can take many forms, from receiving a reflexology treatment, attending a fitness class, or simply enjoying a long soak in the bath. We will all enjoy different activities that make us feel great and keep us healthy.
My favourite self care activities include meditation, tai chi, reflexology, lunch out with friends, long lazy baths, nutritious food, walks in the countryside, gardening, and time laughing with friends and family.
I would also add being organised and positive to this list. Being organised helps me to manage my time efficiently between work and time for me, it helps me to keep the balance right.
Being positive is something which is crucial; of course, we all have times when we feel like our glass is half-empty, but being positive and speaking positively about ourselves really does make a huge impact.
Remember, self care is hugely important, it shouldn’t come last on your to-do list, and only be practised when you feel you’re about to burnout.
You should practice it often.
And given that self care feels so great, why not?