Mental Health
Jan 19, 2022

Self-care For Me

Self-care… what is that? By definition it is essentially being able to care for one’s health and wellbeing, in a professional and personal capacity. Although this may look different for everybody, self-care is the most important thing we can do to keep a healthy mind, body and soul. Think of it this way, think of yourself as a car that keeps running with all the things you need to get done, but slowly slowly you’re running out of fuel and only do quick pit stops to top up. Eventually you will break down and run out of fuel. While we all live busy lives and I too am guilty of life getting the better of me at times, it is so important to make sure that we take the time to do a full fill up of our tank and not get stuck in the rut of constantly being “on the go”.  

With the silly season just around the corner, it is important that we prepare ourselves for the heightened emotions that holidays provoke. While not everyone celebrates the holidays, the season festivities are always stressful and chaotic and let’s not ignore the repeat of Christmas songs in every retail shop - Yes Mariah Carey we all know what you want for Christmas! …. While I constantly hear myself reminding my clients of self-caring, the most common answer I hear is “I have to make sure everyone else is ok first”. During this month make sure you are scheduling some time for YOU. I emphasise that because while it’s understandable that COVID-19 has impacted and changed the way we live; children home schooling, working from home, not being able to travel to see family and friends, if you keep driving around and not refilling your tank you know what will happen… burnout!

Therefore, here are some benefits of good self-care practice:

  1. Decreased risk of burnout  
  1. Reduced fatigue  
  1. Enhanced general overall wellbeing  
  1. Increased sense of personal satisfaction and accomplishment

Self-care Tips:

  1. Keep hydrated – drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  1. Healthy food choices – it’s nice to indulge on comfort food every now and then, but everything in moderation.
  1. Enough sleep – listen to your body when you’re tired.  
  1. Take a bath or let the hot water stream down your back as you wash off the day.  
  1. Regular physical activity – meditate, yoga, walk around the block, bike ride.  
  1. Sit in the sun for 10 minutes – the “Sunshine Vitamin” is a vital and natural source of regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, facilitating normal immune system function in the body and prevents cognitive decline.  
  1. Manage stress in a healthy way - learn to “switch off”.  
  1. Catch up socially – important to make time for friends or “date night” with partners.
  1. Prioritising something for YOU - if not every day then every week!  

Remember YOU are the most important person in the world and need to look after yourself first!  

From everyone here at the Drop of Life Psychology Clinic, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe, keep well and we will see you in the new year. Bring on 2022!!!

Resources:

Di Benedetto, M., & Swadling, M. (2014). Burnout in Australian psychologists: Correlations with work-setting, mindfulness and self-care behaviours. Psychology, health & medicine, 19(6), 705-715.

Mayo Clinic Staff. (2017). Vitamin D.
mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-d/art-20363792.

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