Make sure you make some time for yourself

Look after yourself: Take off your shoes and unwind for a bit, suggests Headspace's Chantelle Taylor. Photo: Supplied.

Look after yourself: Take off your shoes and unwind for a bit, suggests Headspace's Chantelle Taylor. Photo: Supplied.

Recently we had a staff wellbeing day at Headspace where we did a lot of self-care.

It was an amazing day full of yoga, boxing, massages, hot rocks, ion foot detoxes, laughter therapy, tasty food and a mindful walk.

Self-care is an essential component to maintaining physical health, mental health and wellbeing.

Self-care is particularly important if feeling stressed, overwhelmed or experiencing low mood, however it is vital for self-care to be a part of our everyday lives.

It can help improve mood, keep you healthy and is a way to unwind.

Many of us have very busy lives full of a lot of responsibilities.

This sometimes results in self-care being low on our priority list.

To practise self-care, it is essential you make time for it and make it a priority.

To do this some people find it helpful to block out self-care time in their diaries/calendars.

Others will choose to self-care after school/work or on the weekends.

When setting aside time for self-care it is important to prioritise it and not book in other things during that time.

Even the busiest of people can make the time for self-care as it does not need to take up a huge amount of time.

Remember, you deserve to have some time to yourself doing something that is just for you.

There are no rules surrounding what you can do for self-care.

Some of the things people do include meditation; going for a walk, jog or hike; going to the cinema; reading a book; having a bubble bath; playing an instrument; listening to music; writing in a journal; cooking their favourite meal; spending time on hobbies; getting enough sleep; spending time with others and seeking out support when needed.

Choose self-care activities that resonate with you and ones that you feel would benefit you the most.

Sometimes people feel guilty when taking time out for themselves.

Self-care is not self-indulgent, self-care is self-respect.

Chantelle Taylor, Headspace Murray Bridge

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