Self Care – Looking after our own wellbeing

 ‘Self care includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health’

Looking after ourselves can sometimes be a challenge, due to work pressures, family life, day to day stresses and so on, however self care is an important part of our lives.

Within Harmless, self care is something we encourage on a day to day basis, to delegates that attend our training, to clients and also to each other within the team.

Self care may seem self-indulgent, however if we don’t look after our own wellbeing, we will be much less effective in our support of others.

Finding that time, whether it be 5 minutes or a whole evening can prove a challenge to many people, however there are multiple benefits to us as well as the people we work with, our family members and our friends.

The benefits of regular self care;

  • Reduces our stress levels and makes us more tolerant to adversities
  • Increases positive thinking
  • Makes us more effective in our support to others in distress
  • Looks after our physical health
  • Helps productivity and helps us to feel more engaged

Self care tends to mean different things to different people, as we all get enjoyment out of different things, but some self care activities include;

  • Going for a walk
  • Cooking a nice meal
  • Art
  • Colouring
  • Physical activity
  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Communicating when you’re struggling
  • Taking up new hobbies
  • Watch your favourite TV show or film
  • Have a sing along and dance to music
  • Meditation
  • Read a book
  • Watching your favourite sport

So go on, don’t be ashamed, give yourself that little bit of love and attention that you each deserve. Have some time just for you! 

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