Self-Care

3 Practicing Self-Care

Learning Outcome

  • Explain how best practices in self-care can be applied to your personal well-being journey.

What is Self-Care

Self-Care can be understood as an activity that we do or a mindset we adopt in order to support our health and well-being. This can take form in many ways, including something as intentional as meditation or as simple as taking a short walk or coffee break during your day. Practicing self-care has been shown to decrease levels of stress and anxiety and increase positive mood and productivity. It is important to choose a self-care practice that fits your lifestyle and brings you a sense of joy, pleasure, and/or relief – this way you are most likely to keep it up!

Elder Mary Roberts talks about self-care in the following video.

Watch these videos where James Williams and Neil Thevarge talk about about work-life balance and wellness in the workplace.

Examples of Self-Care Practices

Go for a walk or run, connect with nature

  • Research supports positive psychological benefits of being in nature that relate to things like mood, spirituality, and feeling content.

Nurture your relationships with family and friends

  • Positive psychology and the study of “happiness” has found that one of the strongest correlations to a person’s happiness and positive well-being is strong social connections and relationships. Strengthening and maintaining the relationships you have in your life builds a community of support and a sense of connection that has sustainable and significant benefits to your physical and mental health.

 Journaling 

  • Writing down your thoughts can have many positive effects on your well-being. These include increase in memory retention, decrease in stress and anxiety, increased self awareness and self esteem, and increase in creativity.

Self-Care Resources

The British Columbia Crisis Centre website has information about Coping and Self-Care.

BC Provincial Health Services Authority has adapted Homewood Health’s Self-Care Starter Kit (pdf) Self-Care Starter Kit

Reflect on what self-care means to you. Why is it important? How will self-care help you in your growth both personally and professionally? What are some examples of how you currently practice self-care?  What are examples of self-care practices that you would like to start?

Key Takeaways

  • In order to reach your personal and professional goals, it is important to take care of yourself and prioritize your wellness.
  • Self-care is the practice of prioritizing your health and wellness on a daily basis.

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