As a psychologist I often meet people who are foreign to the concept of self care. Failing to self care is not gender or age specific and seems born of the belief that life and personal satisfaction comes from ‘doing’ for others. Self care often fails to be scheduled into daily life, the benefits of just a little self care, can positively affect physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing.
I challenge you to allocate 30 minutes a day to engage in some self care activities. Here are a few ideas;
- Sit out in the garden with a cup of tea or coffee and read a book or magazine, or write in your journal, perhaps list 3 things you are grateful for in your life.
- Have a bath, surrounded by candles with soft music playing, while the kids are at school or after they have gone to bed.
- Go for a walk, take the dog if you have one, or ride a horse, enjoy nature.
- Listen to a relaxation CD while baby is taking a nap.
- Commit to a hobby – most people have a “something I always wanted to do” clause somewhere in the back of their mind. Start slowly, dedicate a ‘little’ time to your hobby.
I’m a psychologist dedicated to drawing out the inherent power and potential that lies within the individual. Resilience, healthy self esteem and personal empowerment can grow through the use of self care activities and/or though the assistance of a professional.
Spending time caring for you can have a positive effect on all the family and most importantly on you.
Happy Mothers Day!!