What is Self-care?

Michelle Mak Community, Newcomer Information

During COVID-19, it is important to pay attention to our mental health. One way to promote mental wellness is giving ourselves time to self-care.

What is self-care?
“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.” This can be a very simple concept, but often it is forgotten. Good self care can help improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

Where do you start? Well, there are three golden rules:

  • Stick to the basics, self care can be as simple as planning some time for yourself to relax and process your thoughts.
  • Self-care needs to be something you actively plan, rather than something that just happens. You can do this by adding certain activities to your calendar, announcing your plans to others in order to increase your commitment, and actively look for opportunities to practice self-care.
  • Keep a conscious mind is what counts, this means if you don’t see something as self-care or don’t do something in order to take care of yourself, it won’t work as such. Be aware of what you do, why you do it, how it feels, and what the outcomes are.

Although self-care means different things to different people, here are some examples of what you can do for self-care:

  • Promoting a nutritious and healthy diet
  • Getting enough sleep (Adults usually need 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night)
  • Exercise!
  • Spend time with your loved ones.
  • Do at least one relaxing activity every day (eg: taking a walk or spending 30 minutes unwinding)