“Self care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you.
Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It is also one of the easiest things to forget. But you benefit greatly from self care and so do others in your life. When we find ourselves focusing more on others than ourselves, we become worn out, stressed out and run down. For those of us who spend time helping and caring for others, it is too easy to neglect our own needs. It’s like “running on empty” when we don’t take the time to re-fuel.
What are Some Examples of Self Care Activities?
Remember, practicing self care does not have to cost much. In fact there are many things that you can do that are free or affordable.
Talk openly with a trusted friend.
Sit outside and listen to the birds.
Practice breathing exercises (the library has books to help you with this).
Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet
Get enough sleep
Make room in your life for a nap. Rest a while and “recharge”.
Make exercise a regular part of your routing (a 20 minute walk 3 times a week will do).
Take a warm bath/shower. Warm water is very soothing and relaxing for tight and tense muscles and for the mind.
Listen to music you enjoy.
Try a yoga class.
Read a good book recommended by a friend.
Plant a garden.
Buy yourself a little something—a flower, a candle to enjoy during your bath.”
-Information provided by Fort Garry Women Resource Center