Self-Care in September has put the focus back on YOU and ways you can incorporate self-care into your everyday life. The final part in the series is about ‘DOING’ – creating morning and evening rituals, scheduling appointments for self-care and journaling your thoughts. If you have missed any of the weekly series you can catch up HERE
Self-Care is more than just ‘bubble baths’ as a research study ‘ The experience of self-care: a systematic review ‘ conducted by the Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada found. The results of the study showed:
Engaging in self-care is a process involving being aware of self, acquiring knowledge and taking responsibility for meeting needs at whatever level they are presented.
- The performance of self-care behaviours can be influenced both positively and negatively by the attitudes of others.
- Throughout life, the purpose for performing self-care differs and individuals face challenges that interfere with their ability to master these self-care behaviours.
- Individuals who are able to find symbolic meaning in the disease/disability or reframe the implications positively are more capable of adapting and maintaining their focus on caring for themselves.
- Studies revealed that individuals may abandon self-care when overwhelmed by symptoms or disability and/or when they feel that they are not supported.
Self-Care in September – Part 4
DAY 23 – FIND TIME FOR A CUDDLE.
Is there nothing better than a cuddle with your loved one, grandchild or child or even a friend or pet? There are many health benefits to having a cuddle:
- It helps you feel connected with others
- Reduces stress
- Deepens your relationship
- Helps you sleep
- Boosts immune system through the release of the hormone seratonin
- It feels good!
DAY 24 – DISCOVER YOUR CREATITIVY
We are all creative although sometimes we don’t recognise that. Part of self-care is to explore and develop our talents and creative side. Being creative uses our brain and helps reduce anxiety and stress. How will you be creative today?
DAY 25 – JOURNAL YOUR THOUGHTS.
Journaling is a way to express our inner thoughts and feelings for our eyes only. It can be a way to record something joyful or something you are grateful for. It can be a way to record what you are feeling unhappy about and may help to solve problems. Do you keep a journal? If not, why not start one today?
DAY 26 – CREATE A POSITIVE MORNING RITUAL
How we start our day determines how our day will progress and helps us cope better with life’s curve balls. Make time each morning and create a daily ritual that includes:
- setting your intention for the day
- writing 3 things you are grateful for
- enjoying a few moments of silence
What would you add to your morning ritual to set you up for a positive start?
DAY 27 – CREATE A REFLECTIVE EVENING RITUAL
Just as a morning ritual can set you up for the day, creating a time each evening to reflect on your day, wind down, clear your mind and relax will help to assist with sleeping.Take time to reflect on:
- what was good about your day
- what wasn’t great
- things that are bothering you
Take time to:
- meditate or pray
- take a relaxing bath
- light some candles
DAY 28 – MAKE DREAMS A REALITY
We all have dreams but some dreams are never more than that. Self-care means making your dreams happen. Making dreams a reality brings fulfillment and joy. Do you have a dream or desire that you can make a reality? Make it happen!
DAY 29 – SCHEDULE A MONTHLY MASSAGE.
Do you take time for a massage? I don’t but a friend recently mentioned she makes a monthly appointment for a gentle massage. It eases stress, gives you time out from the world and just feels good.
DAY 30 – SCHEDULE ONE RELAXING THING TO DO EACH DAY.
Life is busy but there are 1,440 minutes in each day. Surely you can take some of this time and dedicate it to relaxation?
- read a book
- just be
- watch a movie
- take a walk
- close your eyes and breathe
- take up a hobby
These are just a few examples but I’m sure you could add more. What will you do today to relax your mind, body and soul?