What do we mean by self care?

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.’

July 24th was International Self Care day and here are our suggestions on how you can get started on your own #selfcare

Connect

Good friendships play a significant role in promoting our overall health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Connecting with the people around you can play an important role in this as well. Here’s some tips to make new connections this Mental Health Awareness Week:

Talk to someone instead of sending an email. Or go the extra mile and write a letter, they are a lot more personal.

Speak to someone new, smile at everyone

Ask how someone’s weekend was and really listen when they tell you

Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them (better for them, for you and the environment, triple win!)

Get physical

We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – but it also works the other way. The state of your mind affects your body. Our physical health and mental health really do need equal importance.

Exercise effects chemicals in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin. Brain cells use these chemicals to communicate with each other, so by exercising you release these and they will positively affect your mood and thinking.

Tips on getting physical:

–  Swap the lift for the stairs! < simple…but effective.

–  During your lunch break take a walk, fresh air & exercise is perfect

–  Get off the bus one stop earlier

–  Meet up with friends to go to the park

–  Yoga before bed

–  Join a sports team

Be aware

Being mindful of your surroundings can strengthen the mind and broaden awareness. Starting to practice mindfulness, 10 minutes per day, is known to have significantly positive health benefits.  Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Our suggestions:

–  Clear away clutter

–  Be conscious of the people around you, their emotions and the impact on yourself

–  Visit a new coffee shop

– Ask a friend to meet for a coffee and catch up

–  Leave 5 minutes earlier to walk and talk a longer walk, notice your surroundings

–  Notice sounds, smells, overall feelings. Don’t think too much about them, just be aware and note them in your mind

Keep learning!

The more we learn, the more we grow, and that in turn benefits not only ourselves but others around us.  Continuing to learn throughout our lives boosts our self-esteem and encourages social interaction which overall promotes positive wellbeing.

Few ideas to get you started:

–  Sign up for a class: a new language perhaps

–  Teach yourself a new skill: pompom making, knitting or baking? (our favourite!)

–  Join a life drawing class

– Enjoy a hot bubble bath with a bath bomb and watch the colours develop

Volunteer

Volunteering to help others in the community will boost confidence, make a difference, you’ll connect with others and make new friends. You’ll become part of a new community, whilst learning a new skill and having fun.

Please contact us is you would like to fundraise for Harmless and The Tomorrow Project by emailing chloe@harmless.org.uk or call 0115 934 8445.

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