Happy Self-Care Week 2018, and welcome to the first in our short blog series on self-care!
Self-care is important for your wellbeing and at boosting a healthy relationship with yourself. Its is not necessarily easy, and can be downright difficult at times, especially when different parts of life can stack up; work, education, family and social responsibilities. Self-care can mean a lot of things to different people, so it can be difficult to know where to start. For the first in the series I have asked the staff and volunteers of Yellow Door to share their personal and favourite self-care tips.
Create a Calming Space
Your home can be one way to start your own self-care. When things feel overwhelming or chaotic, it helps to have a safe space to be in. Your surroundings impact your mood, so making a safe space in your home can you help unwind and relax.
“I make a space at home, such as my living room or bedroom, that at the end of the day I can make a peaceful one.”Jess, ISVA
You could find some homely bits like candles, pillows, blankets, some comfy clothes or anything that makes you feel at ease and calm. Or you could make a DIY self-care kit. There are loads of different ways to make one! It could be small enough to carry around with you, or a bigger one kept at home. Inside the kit, include anything that comforts you – your favourite biscuits (these go quickly) teabags, candles, your favourite book, photographs, colouring books, fluffy socks. Whatever makes you happy!
“Put whatever makes you feel comfortable and happy in your kit!” Beth, Volunteer
Exercise & Physical Health
Self-care is a holistic approach to your wellbeing. Looking after your physical health is beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing. Exercise could be anything that makes you feel good and gets you moving. It could be anything from working out, going to gym and weight training, swimming, dancing, running, walking or yoga.