30 Jan The Importance of Self-care by Suzie Humphrey
Make this work year the best one yet by with these important self-care reminders from local psychologist, Suzie Humphrey
Self-care is something that we often dismiss because we don’t think we deserve or need to be compassionate to ourselves – we’re too busy ‘helping’ others or meeting work deadlines to consider the importance of self-care. It’s important to look at self-care as a means of refuelling. We all know that we need to refuel our vehicle and recharge our phones so that they continue to work as needed – well, the same goes for us!
Some simple ways to get started with your self-care may include:
- Turn work emails off on the weekend
- Don’t eat lunch at your desk
- Go home on time
- Delegate where you can
- Get adequate sleep
- Eat healthy and regularly
- Regular exercise
- Take some time for yourself
- Make time for family or friends
- Re-engage in a hobby or activity you used to enjoy
- Read a good book
- Just stop and take a breath
- Say NO sometimes
Building a healthy relationship with yourself through regular self-care enables you to work consistently at the professional level expected of you. It also helps reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue, and can improve your mood, relationships and productivity.
CQ Psych Service’s Wellbeing and Stress Checklist is available for free @ www.cqpsychservices.com.au
Make a commitment to yourself this year and incorporate self-care into your daily routine.