We’ve all heard the term ‘self care’ thrown around but most people do not know exactly what it is. During the pandemic, Most individuals found that taking care of themselves was extremely difficult which was/is very understandable. During session, Whenever this term is discussed, a significant amount of people feel it is something ‘extra’ or something they don’t have time for which is very unfortunate and starts us down a path of dysfunctional cycles. Self care is not just taking the time to give yourself a bubble bath or go away on a girls trip/boys weekend. Self care is the day to day to routine that is essential to our mental health. Self care includes sleep hygiene, structure/routine, exercising, food/nutrition, therapy, walking, praying, meditating, yoga, journaling, etc. When this is discussed in therapy, A lot of client’s feel they are too tired to do this or it just another thing on the list.
Well.. I’m here to tell you that if you don’t take care of yourself, things will only get harder and more difficult. The process is essential to our overall wellbeing and the overall wellbeing of our relationships, work, etc. Though it is helpful anytime, Self care works much better when it is proactive rather than reactive. The 45 minute therapy session each week is great start but it is equally important to make sure you are follow through on the changes in your daily life in the other 23 hours out of the day.
How to make time for self care:
- Prioritize yourself & set a schedule
- Start with smaller increments of time 10-15 minutes
- Start with smaller, more managable goals
- Pick friends who will help hold you accountable
- Journal/track changes
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health and wondering how to take care of oneself properly, please reach out today. We look forward to helping you!
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