Self-care Week is an annual movement across the UK that aims to encourage people to take better care of both their mental and physical health. The week has been organised by the Self-care Forum since 2011. 2020’s edition runs from 16-22 November with the theme of ‘Live Self-care for Life’.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown measures, many people both in the UK and around the world have faced significant difficulties this year. Given that these issues might include physical health problems and mental health struggles, this year’s Self-care Week may take on even more importance than during a more normal year.
In recognition of Self-care Week, consider these five steps in order to take care of yourself and establish good self-care habits that will last beyond just this week:
- Establish good sleep patterns—Getting healthy amounts of sleep can have a major effect on both your physical and mental health. In order to establish healthy sleep patterns, avoid bad habits like eating or drinking immediately before bed and looking at televisions, phones or other screens shortly before going to sleep.
- Exercise regularly—Getting in a workout can help release endorphins, which will boost your mood and mental health. Additionally, exercise will improve your physical health, help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your self-esteem. Some exercises—such as team sports and group classes—can also help you establish or maintain friendships and relationships.
- Eat right—What you consume has a direct effect on your health. Some specific foods that may have positive health effects include fish, berries, nuts and leafy vegetables. Eating a diet that is both healthy and balanced will help you maintain a healthy weight, and may also contribute to your self-esteem.
- Get out—Although the weather may not be at its most pleasant during the late-autumn, finding ways to spend time outside can be a great way to practise self-care. Even if you are not able to go outside, some research has suggested that even seeing pictures of nature or looking out a window can be helpful.
- Make yourself a priority—It is important to set aside time for self-care. Spending time by yourself can help you be mindful and appreciative of your life. Arrange your schedule so that you have time to do the things you enjoy, and avoid allowing other commitments infringe upon those periods.
Self-care is a complicated subject that may be slightly different for everyone. In celebration of Self-care Week, take the time to explore how different self-care methods might benefit you not only for the week itself, but for the rest of your life.
This blog is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.