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Self-Care: What Is It?

What actually is self-care?


Life got you like, I need a vacation!?
And so you’re thinking, whats this self care thing all about?
We feel you.

Self care is one of those terms people love to use, so the fundamentals of what self-care is, can get a bit lost. By definition, it is an act of taking care of your mind, body and soul. This is fairly vague though right? Especially when you’re searching for some genuinely helpful strategies and tips on how to feel a bit better! Here at Little Pocket we use a scientifically proven method of self-care, it’s called the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Recharging, restoring and protecting your mind, body and soul can be done in various ways and everyone is a little different when it comes to what ‘fills their cup’, so to speak.
Self-care is a holistic (which means it focus’ on taking care of ALL of you, not just some parts) approach to improving your overall health and everyday self-esteem. Here are our helpful suggestions and tips, to answer your question: What is self-care?

 

Connect 

A shared experience with family or friends will help improve connection with them and create wonderful memories. Go and do something fun, laugh and  have a great chat! Invest time in the people around you. You can also take a moment for yourself to connect with nature, meditate, pray or just stop for a while to reconnect with yourself and your thoughts.


Ideas and tips to try, to help you feel more connected

Daily – Go into your favourite place in your home or property and reflect on your day, week, month. Pray for yourself and others. Read, listen to uplifting or helpful podcasts. Say hello to colleagues, the mailman. 

Weekly – Go for a nature walk, sit on the beach, play some music, call your friends or family to catch up, take a drive, visit the library or a local art gallery.

Monthly – Visit someone for a cuppa, date night, drinks or dessert with friends, go to the movies, bowling or hire e-bikes or scooters.

Yearly – Have an overnight in a hotel by yourself (or just you and your partner), plan a holiday – near or far!

children, road, supportive

 

Be Active

Being active doesn’t have to be dragging yourself out for a day of full-on activity, it can be a result of doing something that takes your fancy, like chasing a sunset for the perfect photo or finding a cascading waterfall. Getting outdoors, going for a walk, bike ride, or finding somewhere new to explore, can help you be active and improve your overall well being.

 

Ideas and tips to try, to help you be more active 

Daily – Healthy nutrition, stay hydrated, stretch, do a small walk or workout routine

Weekly – Walks, bike rides, take the dog for a stroll, find a new place to explore, check out the gardens of the town/city you’re in, kick a ball, play with your kids, grandkids, the neighbours kids or help babysit for someone! Set an exercise goal, visit a gym for a consultation, go for a beach walk.

Monthly Set a new active-wellness goal each month to conquer, take a short weekend break and check out the sites, try new trails, go fishing or discover fun local activities.

Yearly Try a new sport or activity, book a wellness adventure holiday.

 

park, bike, senior

Take Notice

Notice the detail. Savour the flavour. Reflect on your day. Being present in the moment can be difficult, with a busy life and a million thoughts, requests and a to-do list buzzing in your head. Giving yourself time away from all the fuss of life can help you take a deep breath and take notice of what’s happening right in front of you, enjoy the moment, and live a little better.

 

Ideas and tips to try, to help you take more notice

Daily – Notice the season i.e colourful autumn leaves, winters morning silence, stop and taste your food, watch the birdies, see the smiles on your kids faces and breath it in, notice the sun sparkling on water, or feel someone’s touch.

Weekly – Write a journal, discuss your week and reflect on it with friends or family, have a bath and let your mind stop, write down everything swirling around in your head so you don’t feel like you have to keep remembering it, then walk away for a bit.

Monthly – Write a list of everything you achieved this month, where you were and where you are now, find a quiet space to consider the positive things in your life, things you’d like to change and possibly how to do this.

Yearly Revamp your space/surroundings – like the old saying, “change is as good as a holiday”, look through the last year photos and update those in your living-room, book a rejuvenating and soul-restoring wellness trip or retreat.

 

 

flowers, meadow, sunlight

Keep Learning

When you begin to discover your surroundings, you’ll start unearthing nurturing little pockets to just be, to escape to, to awaken your soul and learn about yourself, others & your environment. There are many opportunities for learning when you actively seek new experiences and ways of living. Learning is a byproduct of your mindful, authentic, journey.

 

Ideas and tips to try, to help you keep learning

Daily – Notice your surroundings and check out things you don’t know much about – google will help you! Read books, Objectively hear those around you seeking to help you with constructive feedback.

Weekly – Check out your local classified to see what is happening in your area to check out and see what’s new, listen to podcasts or ebooks, go to church, have conversations about things that intrigue you with someone you love and trust and then seek to discover more. 

Monthly – Attend free lectures (in-person or online), book a night class, watch a documentary.

Yearly – Book a unique trip or holiday to visit somewhere new, with new experiences, culture and ways of living.

 

bike, drive, dad

Give

Get creative with this one – what value can you offer? This does not mean only money. Giving your time, energy and thoughts will fill you with confidence, hope and a sense of purpose. 

 

Ideas and tips to try, help you feel more generous

Daily – Give your time to your children, and do something fun with them, help someone at work or school, cook a nice meal for your friends, flatmates or family.

Weekly – Give by supporting local businesses, check on your neighbour, mow their lawn or deliver a meal or supplies to people in need.

Monthly – Take your friends or family on an adventure, give yourself some time out, an escape or pampering.

Yearly – Volunteer on a community project or good cause, book an ecotourism holiday or make it a part of your annual break.

 

a book, book gift, heart

While these ideas have been laid out in a practical way, we can’t tailor this to everyone’s personal circumstances. Do what you can, choosing to read this blog is an excellent start. Be kind to yourself. Do one step at a time and try to establish a routine of kind thoughts and actions and if they don’t happen everyday, that’s okay. Each day is different and has different challenges – there are no rules! Consciously trying to make better self-care decisions is the kindest thing we can do for ourselves, but also for those around us – friends, family, colleagues or other students. However, please do seek help when you need to, self-care is never a replacement for health-services when they are required.

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