Self-Care… What Is It?
Self-care is defined as, “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”
In simple terms, self-care is caring for yourself in order to protect your overall health, wellbeing, and sense of happiness. In doing so, we can help to prevent certain mental health challenges from reaching a crisis point.
So what does it look like in the real world?
A good self-care routine will incorporate elements from the following three areas of health:
- Physical Health: maintaining good hygiene, eating healthily, exercising regularly, and getting the recommended 7-12 hours of sleep each night.
- Mental Health: setting aside time to relax, being creative, and staying aware of your thoughts and emotions.
- Spiritual Health: forgiving others, taking time to reflect on your life and feelings, meditation/prayer, and practising gratitude.
With the pandemic being a collective source of stress for everyone, we believe that self-care has never been more important for families across the world.
We hope that the resources provided on this page will not only help you and your loved ones better understand what self-care is, but help you to start implementing good self-care practices into your daily life.
This Year’s Theme: You Are a Diamond
“Similar to how diamonds are formed under intense pressure, this song is a call to individual confidence, strength and action in the wake of Covid-19. Beyond that, it’s a reminder that we are all incredibly special, unique, and precious – just like a diamond.” Lily-Jo