Self-Care

Writing the first blog for this space felt very important to me.  Making the decision about what to post first, self-care was my immediate choice.  Why?  In truth, it comes from my own experience and struggle with it, my dislike of the term (hence the inverted commas), and my absolute conviction that it is essential to wellbeing.

Self-care is one of those wellbeing phrases that has made its way into our everyday conversations in recent years.  But do we always take the time to consider what caring for self actually mean?   

First off, it can be hard to recognise our own needs. It sounds like it should be easy but if you are used to being in a caring role, it can be difficult not to equate self-care with being selfish, a conversation I often have with clients.   Simply recognising that you are entitled to look after your wellbeing is a good first step.   

Then there is the business of knowing what you need.  Is it sleep?  Time to make a good meal for yourself?  Maybe its phoning that friend you have been meaning to call and connecting with someone.  The list of what you need will be unique to you and ever-changing.  It may not be lighting a candle or putting on a facemask (although this may be just what you need).  For me, it is having an uninterrupted cup of tea in the morning and spending 10 minutes before going to sleep reading a good book.  Starting and ending busy days from a place of calm is essential for my wellbeing.   

My biggest point of learning around self-care was advice I was given on being intentional with the little time I had for this.  I would spend (a lot of) time complaining that I had no time to look after myself.  Excellent advice from a mentor was that whilst it was true that some days I perhaps only had 5 minutes for me, I was wasting those precious moments wishing I had longer and feeling guilty that I was needing them.  Commit to those moments for you with full intention.  You deserve them. 

Kirsty – GROW Founder and Director 

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