Self Care Week 2019
The Self Care Forum’s definition of Self Care is:
The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.
Think self care for life
Self Care Week is an annual national awareness week organised by the Self Care Forum that focuses on embedding support for self care across communities, families and generations.
Think Self Care for Life is the strap line for 2019, organisations are being encouraged to use Self Care Week as a hook to help people “think” self care for a healthier, happier life.
Types of self care
Self care isn’t just taking a bubble bath, although this is a rather lovely example… self care and looking after both your physical and mental wellbeing is in every aspect of your life.
Physical – sleep / stretching / walking / physical release / healthy food / yoga / rest
Emotional – stress management / emotional resilience / forgiveness / compassion / kindness
Social – boundaries / support systems / positive social media / communication / time together / ask for help
Spiritual – time alone / meditation / yoga / connection / nature / journalling / sacred space
Personal – hobbies / knowing yourself / personal identity
Space – safety / healthy living environment / security + stability / organised space
Financial – saving / budgeting / money management / security
Work – time management / balance / work boundaries / positive workplace / learning
Empowerment is an important word to remember when it comes to all types of self care.
It can feel a little overwhelming when we look at all these types of self care as a whole. Remember it’s always about taking little steps.
Empower yourself to make positive changes, small acts of kindness to you and to others, treating yourself how you would a loved one.
Why not take a look at our 10 Keys for Happier Living for ideas, tips and fun things to try!
- Giving – do things for others
- Relating – connect with people
- Exercising – take care of your body
- Awareness – live life mindfully
- Trying Out – keep learning new things
- Direction – have goals to look forward to
- Resilience – Find ways to bounce back
- Emotions – look for what’s good
- Acceptance – be comfortable with who you are
- Meaning – Be part of something bigger
You can see more resources for #SelfCareWeek here
One in four people in the UK will suffer from a mental health issue each year and yet two-thirds have no one to speak to about their mental health, according to a poll for Time To Talk Day 2019 by Time To Change.
While it is a legal requirement to have physical first aiders in every workplace, and in many public places and events, we’re still a long way from seeing our mental health treated in the same way.
Here at Be Empowered we hope to change that by training people as mental health first aiders to be able to assist those suffering with mental ill health in the workplace, and signposting them to get the appropriate professional help for them.
Click below to find out about how you can train with us!