In an ideal world, every single person would take some time to take care of themselves and decrease stress. However, this isn't an ideal world and there is LOTS of things that get in the way of focusing on yourself, from friends, family, work, weather (Yup, Canadian), or having to wear glasses for two weeks (yup, I'm vain).
Life has a way of getting the way and the first thing that goes out the window? Self-care.
So what exactly is self-care? The National Association of Drama Therapy describes it as the following:
"In order to provide our clients with the best possible treatment, we must be at our best, and in order to be at our best, we all need to take care of ourselves.." (source)
(Now, I bet you are reading this and are like "I'm not a therapist, or a doctor, or a insert profession here" and that's perfectly fine. You don't need to be a professional to practise self-care techniques! I just happen to focus be a counsellor and my profession is big on the self-care. Like, I have more lectures than I know what to do with big.)
Self-care is one of those topics that I find is easier said than done. Even for me, Ms. Fancy Pants Professional. So where exactly does one start? Why, the basis of course!
Tara's Begin with the Basics
1-Get 8 to 10 hours a sleep a night, or however much you actually need.
- The 3 meals a day, 2 snacks, lots of water approach. The more "natural" the better.
- Ideally 2 to 3 times a week of something you enjoy doing, be it Zumba, walking the dog, or yoga.
- Be it family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, or your pet, these people not only provide you emotional support, but also some people to unwind with.
To me, these four things are just that, the basics. There is much more to self-care, which I'm planning on bringing up down to the line for further posts.
But start here!
And perhaps most importantly, your physical health will thank you too.