When people think of self-care, more and more we're sure they think of beach yoga and green tea, but it's much, much more than that.
Headlines shout at us about tired teachers, burnt-out medics, ground-down parents and anxious millennials. Stress is very real and present malaise in our culture.
As a cure of sorts, social media offers us 'help' in the form of ‘Self-Care Sunday’. It’s a lovely idea and, as you would expect there are some gorgeous pictures to match the hashtag, but quite honestly it’s not enough.
Self-care is not something that should be relegated to one day a week. It shouldn't be used as a sticking plaster for an overdone, overwrought life. It’s a recipe for disaster to think we can burn the candle at both ends 6 days a week and somehow fix it with one day of fresh air and family time.
So we decided to hunt out 3 things that not only could we all use to help us be more aware of how we care for ourselves, but help you too!
What To Do
First up is Self Care September Action Calendar, created by Action For Happiness, which has daily suggested actions to do throughout September to help us all spread a bit more kindness in the world around. You can imagine our delight when we happened upon it, and we've already set it into motion here at Cosy Cottage HQ.
What To Watch
If you haven't taken the time to watch a Ted Talk, there's never been a better time than right now, and our go-to feel better talk has to be Why We All Need To Practice Emotional First Aid with Guy Winch. Guy is a psychologist who knows the value of self-care.
We'll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or nagging pain. So why don't we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don't have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.
What To Read
Last but by no means least is our favourite book, The Self-Care Solution: Smart Habits & Simple Practices To Allow You To Flourish, written by Suzy Reading.
Suzy is a mother of two, a Chartered Psychologist and Health Coach who specialises in wellbeing: head, heart and body, to help people manage their emotions, energetic bank balance and the inevitable stresses of life.
She teaches to her clients of all ages to cope during periods of stress, loss and change and to boost their resilience in the face of future challenges.
And now, thanks to her book, she's here to help us all too! The Self-Care Revolution is designed to help and restore your day-to-day energy reserves so that, rather than running on empty, you will have the strength and spirit to excel with whatever life brings.
Discover the Vitality Wheel - a complete body and mind Self-Care Toolkit that will boost your health, happiness and resourcefulness.
If making self-care more of a priority is on your to-do list this autumn we'd love to know if any of these resources help!
We'd also love to know how you practice self-care, let us know in the comments.