We probably say or hear this every day, but what does it really mean?
How many times do we say, hear or read this little phrase at the closing of a conversation? “Take care!” We say it to others and we use it as a way of bringing closure, wishing someone well. But what does it really mean?
If we truly “take care” we accept responsibility for the care of our own self.
In order to take care of yourself, it’s important to be purposeful and clear about what you’re going to do in order to “take care.”
Here are 3 ideas:
1. Have a think about, and maybe make a list, of all the things you do which aren’t likely to contribute to your health or well-being such as:
* Smoking * Taking mind-altering drugs * Drinking alcohol to excess * Eating a lot of junk-food * Isolating yourself * Talking negatively to yourself * Ruminating and obsessing about all that has gone wrong or could go wrong * Staying up late and skimping on sleep regularly * Working long hours without breaks * Ignoring signs of stress * Staying in abusive or destructive relationships
2. Have a think, and maybe create a list, of all the things you can practice instead. For example:
* Moving your body briskly at for 20 minutes daily or at least 3x/week * Observing a healthy sleep pattern (8 hours with as consistent a bedtime and wake up time as possible) * Eating three well-balanced meals each day with lots of fresh veggies and fruits * Playing! Make time for fun every day. Whatever your age you’re not too old to have fun * Laughing! Subscribe to a funny blog, watch a comedy, meet up with a friend that makes you laugh * Creating a relaxation routine daily and practice it daily * Taking a break between work or study projects * Spending time in nature or least outside each day * Catching negative thoughts and replacing with hopeful ones * Keeping a gratitude journal – record daily all you feel grateful for * Practicing yoga or even a few stretches * Taking some deep belly breaths * Writing kind / loving notes to your friends and family * Patting yourself on your back – acknowledging your effort and your good qualities * Getting some professional help and support
3. Commit to your self care plan by scheduling time on your calendar. Make appointments with yourself daily. You are worth it!
You might even take time to book yourself an affordable counselling appointment and get yourself some support. Text or what’s app us on 07484 394106 or email us at email@example.com for a free initial consultation.
If we glance ahead and see that we are headed for burn out, imbalance – even sickness - as a result of our stress and lack of self care, we can see that it is crucial to have a plan.
Take action now.
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And most of all.... Take care!