Self-Care: Making A Commitment To Take Care Of Yourself

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Do You Make Time For Self-Care?

BY LY HUYNH

Most of us know that we could be taking better care of ourselves. We might even have a vague plan to make time for self-care, but life gets busy and it’s hard to find time to think about what self-care might look like, let alone having the time to actually do it.

When did you last stop to take care of yourself?

When did you last stop to take care of yourself?

In a nutshell, self-care is about making the choice to do more of the activities that replenish and sustain you while at the same time doing less of what drains you emotionally and mentally. Making this a regular priority helps to keep your mood relatively stable so that you’re less stressed and more able to handle difficult situations.

There are general self-care strategies that apply to pretty much everyone, like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating healthily, but there are also self-care activities that will be individual to you, like the activities you find pleasurable and relaxing, and the things that give you a sense of satisfaction or accomplishment, whether that be sitting down to a cup of tea, spending time with friends and family, learning new things, going for a bush walk, or visiting a museum.

You can start your commitment to self-care by making a list of the activities that replenish you and the activities that drain you. If you’re stuck for ideas, try to think back on what you used to enjoy when you had more time. Once you have a list of self-care activities, find a way to schedule time for these activities on a regular basis. If you feel like you don’t have the time, look at where you can create time. What can you let go of in service of taking better care of yourself? Cutting back on draining activities will also give you some more time to play with.

Making self-care a priority will take time, planning, and commitment – what will you do to take care of yourself?

Ly is a genuine and compassionate psychologist who is dedicated to providing adults and adolescents with a supportive, safe, and structured environment in which to make sense of their difficulties and take charge of their lives. She is committed to tailoring evidence-based treatments to each individual, and enjoys working collaboratively to help clients develop skills and self-knowledge to bring about meaningful and lasting change.


 

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