Self Care week is an annual national event that takes place from the 13th to the 19th of November. It is a week that focuses on teaching people self care skills. This year’s theme is engaging and empowering people. The strapline is Understanding Self Care for Life.
What is self care?
Self Care are the actions that individuals do for themselves or for others, to help maintain, protect or improve their health and wellbeing.
Self care techniques can help people to manage their symptoms of their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Why is self care important?
Many people feel too busy or feel selfish or guilty for spending time looking after ourselves. When you’re busy working, studying, looking after children, coping with day to day life it’s easy to neglect ourselves. But it’s important to remember that it’s ok to have a break and look after ourselves. We can get so wrapped up in life, and busy caring for others, that so many of us forget to look after and care for ourselves.
Keeping up with and actively doing self care is so important for an individuals emotional wellbeing and to improve their quality of life through lifestyle changes and support. It can help to improve their symptoms caused by a mental health condition or stress, and may also help prevent some problems from developing or getting worse. By looking after yourself it helps you stay at the top of your form mentally, physically and emotionally. When we feel low, stressed, run down or burnt out we start neglecting ourselves in different ways. This could be from not exercising, not having a healthy diet, or not looking after our appearance. Self care helps you to stay healthy, have time to recharge and helps to manage health issues.
Self Care Idea’s
Some self care ideas are:
- Spend some time alone. Take a nice bath, have a cup of tea and sit in the sun, go for a walk, read a good book. Having some alone time is important to relax and ‘switch off’ from the busy everyday.
- Socialise. Spend some quality time with friends or family. This could be having a good chat or spending the day together. Being around people you love will help to boost your mood. If you feel lonely, Just Talk Campaign offers free monthly Drop in Sessions where you can come and talk about anything in a safe and confidential environment and seek support in others going through hard times too.
- Look after your physical health. When we feel stressed our physical health can be first to drop. A healthy balanced diet and getting the right nutrients for your body is so important for your health as eating the wrong things can affect how we feel. Aim to get a good amount of sleep every night, 7 – 8 hours, as sleep allows the body to rest and recharge and the mind to relax. Exercise can also help, as when we exercise it releases the feel good hormones, endorphins. These help to lower stress levels and increase positivity and happiness within ourselves.
- Seek Help. It is perfectly ok to not be ok. If you are finding it hard to cope, please don’t feel alone, there are people who can help you and support you. Speak to friends or family about your worries or issues. If you don’t feel able to speak to them, that’s ok, there are helplines like the Samaritans who have a free helpline 24/7. You can call them at 116 123.
If you’re stressed, unwell or experiencing a mental health problem, going through it alone can make you feel isolated and unable to cope. Counselling can hep you learn how to take care of yourself. A counsellor can help you learn how to cope with your thoughts and feelings, and show you how caring for yourself is nothing to feel guilty about. Just Talk Campaign can help support you with any issue you are facing.