Wellbeing and self care tips

Wellbeing and self care tips
 

Daily self-care

Self-care refers to doing activities which help maintain your physical, emotional and spiritual health. It is a commitment to look after yourself through helpful activities that protect your health during periods of stress. It is also important to take time out when you need it to reduce feelings of stress to better protect your mental health. 

Do you engage in self-care practices? Think about what self-care practices you currently take part in and what activities work best for you.

Below are some areas of self-care which you could focus on. Remember, we are all beautifully unique, so it is important to choose activities that work for you.

 (source: https://lifeinmind.org.au/research/self-care).

Area of self-care

Things to try

Physical wellbeing
Examples: eat regular and healthy meals, have good sleeping habits, exercise regularly, and get frequent medical check-ups.

Regular exercise can improve your physical wellbeing.

Head to CBFit to see Council's Lockdown Timetable. All classes are FREE!

Emotional wellbeing
Examples: engage in positive activities, acknowledge your own accomplishments and express your emotions in a healthy way.

 

 

Journaling can improve your emotional wellbeing.

Try these journal prompts:

  • How do you want to feel at the end of today?
  • What's something that made you laugh recently?
  • What are three things you're grateful for today?
  • What's one thing you'd like to do well today?

Spiritual wellbeing
Examples: read inspirational literature, take time for self-reflection, spend time in nature, meditate and explore spiritual connections.

Meditating can improve your spiritual wellbeing.

Check out our Calm for Kids – Mindfulness and relaxation activities for children

Social wellbeing

Examples: have healthy relationships, make time for family/ friends, schedule dates with your partner/spouse and ask for support.

Having a phone call with a friend or family member can improve your social wellbeing.

You could organise a video chat with a them and play a fun online game. You can try this one for FREE.



Source: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19_Self-Care-Planning_Black-Dog-Institute.pdf?sfvrsn=8

Self-care plan

A 'self-care plan' can become your valuable reminder for finding:

- Practical ways and activities that support your wellbeing;

- A trusted support person you can contact;

- Ways to look after yourself to get through difficult times; and

- People you can contact in an emergency.

Life In Mind Australia have a 'Self-Care Plan Guide' to help you learn about self-care. It can also help you create a plan that works for you. The guide is FREE. See it here.  

Crisis support

If you or your friends need additional support, please reach out to the services below. Most are open 24/7:

• Lifeline: 13 11 14 (crisis and suicide prevention support)

• Link2Home: 1800 152 152 (for those experiencing homelessness)

• QLife Australia: 1800 184 527 (LGBTI peer support. Open daily 3pmmidnight)

• Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (mental health support)

• Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (counselling for suicide and mental health)


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