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Self care tips from a therapist

Updated: Apr 2

It is important to incorporate self-care practices into daily life in order to prioritise physical and emotional wellbeing.

Here are some tips to help individuals prioritise self-care amidst life's demands:

Embrace Creativity: Engage in creative activities that bring you joy, such as painting, writing, or playing music. Creativity fosters self-expression and can serve as a powerful outlet for processing emotions. You might like to take a creativity break for 5 mins and doodle or paint which is a helpful way to get back into a state of flow and feel calm or energised depending on the size and nature of the art you make.

Take Time to Pause: Taking regular breaks throughout the day to pause, breathe, and check in with oneself is really important. Even a few minutes of mindfulness can help you to feel more grounded and present.

Think WIN! What's important NOW? This isn't about prioritising tasks but about prioritising your needs, do you need to go to the bathroom, do you need a drink of water, do you need to sit for a while or call a friend?

Nurture and Soothe: Nurturing activities that promote self-compassion and self-soothing. This could include taking a warm bath, going for a nature walk, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea. Use mindfulness to be fully present during these activities so that you can feel more grounded and enjoy them fully.

Set Boundaries: Ensure that you set healthy boundaries to protect your time and energy. Be mindful of when you need to say no to activities or commitments that drain you and prioritize activities that make you feel good. Regularly reflect on and review your beliefs and values and be intentional about pursuing activities that align with this purpose.

Practice Compassionate Self-Talk: Be kind to yourself and accept all emotions with compassion, whilst challenge any self-critical thoughts and replace them with words of encouragement and compassion. Consider the meanings that you place on experiences and if there can be a new meaning.

Nature: Take some time to get outside in nature and have some fresh air and feel the sun or rain against your face, look closely at the nature around you and marvel at the details and patterns of nature.

Get moving: we all know that exercise is good for our minds and bodies but sometimes it can feel like there isn't time in the middle of the day or in between all the appointments we have but it is essential that you make the effort to get up and move, dance around the living room or office and get out for a walk. Stretching can be a really great form of self care too.

Hope you find these self care tips useful, let me know if you do any of the above and any other tips and self care routines you have.


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