Self-care is NOT selfish. In fact, if you think about it, self-care is vitally important and one of the least selfish things we can possibly do. When we invest time in caring for ourselves we can see the benefits and the return on that investment in almost every area of our lives. In our physical and mental health, our relationships with ourselves and with others, even our productivity increases. Helping us truly blossom. So that we can become our best selves and give more, to the people and projects that are important in our lives.

How can self-care benefit me?

Simple self-care activities can help ease our body’s aching muscles and painful joints, increase energy, reduce stress, uplift our mindset and attitude, increase our resilience, and boost our immunity. Generally supporting our wellbeing. We even become clearer about who we are, where we are going, what is important, and why.

At our clinic, we find that much healing happens in the spaces in between, in the time between one consultation and the next. We have found that best results occur, especially for clients focused on healing and recovery, when this space is utilised deliberately, with Self Care Activities.

What is Self-Care?

Many people can get daunted by the idea of self-care. They are often looking at making time for a whole day at an expensive day spa. Self-care can really be as simple as taking a moment to remember to breathe. To simply take a long, slow, deep breath and feel it filling your lungs and into your belly. 

Just like releasing a steam valve, takes the pressure off, stopping it from “popping its seal” or “overflowing” – the secret is regularity. So making self-care as simple, enjoyable, and easily repeatable as possible is key. This way they most easily become habits in our lives and support our wellbeing – physically and mentally.

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What Self Care Activities appeal to you?

Here are some of our favourites, but as I said, making it something that you enjoy, that works for you and uplifts you, is vital in making simple Self-Care a habit.

  • Going for a walk or a run
  • Being in nature, either in the bushwalking or along a beach
  • Stretching, even gently, will get your body moving again, boost circulation and ease achy joints into action.
  • Reading a good book
  • Listening to your favourite music
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  • Taking a bath. You can even make it a luxurious one, to make you feel extra special and nurtured. 
    • Try using Epsom salts or essential oils such as lavender to relax, peppermint to soothe tired, achy muscles, or eucalyptus to refresh and clear any sinus challenges, particularly in the cooler, dryer autumn weather. Anything that makes you feel good. Nurturing and nourishing your body and making it sing with pleasure.
  • Watching a movie
  • Meditation is a favourite of mine
  • If meditation isn’t for you, try doing one everyday activity, in a mindful, deliberate way. By this I mean, clear any distraction and be fully focused on one small task. It might be over a simple cup of tea, for example. For these few moments, focus intently on your senses: can you smell the aroma of the tea? What is the taste as you sip? Can you feel the warmth of the cup in your hands? Stay in the moment as long as you can.
  • You can use these Metal points on yourself at home, to strengthen your body, mind, and spirit. They can help to release emotions such as sadness, grief, or loss, as well as boost your personal composure. Especially during Autumn, when the meridian channel of metal is in its element (for more information, click our blog. These acupressure points can help you to let go of anything you no longer need, on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels as well as strengthen all these aspects of you, from the inside out.
  • Activate these acupressure points: Large Intestine 1 and Lung 8, by simply stroking or pressing them. See the diagrams below.
  • Large Intestine 1:
    • Clears and Calms the Mind, to Revitalise
    • Particularly clearing stuck energy and emotions
    • On the radial (also thumb) side of the index finger, about 0.1 finger width posterior to (towards the back of the hand from) the corner of the nail.
    • Stroke your lower arm upwards, in line with the pointer finger, towards your body
    • To invigorate the energy further, press the point gently – 3-7 times
  • Lung 8:
    • Clears and Calms the Mind, to Revitalise
    • Particularly clearing stuck energy and emotions
    • On the radial (also thumb) side of the index finger, about 0.1 finger width posterior to (towards the back of the hand from) the corner of the nail.
    • Stroke your lower arm upwards, in line with the pointer finger, towards your body
    • To invigorate the energy further, press the point gently – 3-7 times.
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  • Releasing old thoughts, that are no longer useful to us, can even help to release any habits that are no longer serving us. Enabling us to deliberately bring in new ones, which support and uplift more. 
    • One habit I have recently been exploring is a tool I learned from mindset extraordinaire, Ben Elliott. He describes a simple process, of when something happens, a trigger, something that would usually set you off or upset you in some way, happens, then you can choose to respond differently.
    • In the process that I have been focusing on, whenever I have felt frustrated, usually at something I’m not happy with in the clinic or more often, in myself, I choose to refocus my attention on anything that I am grateful for. It can be as simple as having two feet that work and support me well, or as personal as a thoughtful phone call from my step-son or a heartfelt text from my step-daughter, or a more general cosy feeling of being surrounded by a wonderful hubby and family, who love and support me. Sinking into that feeling of appreciation and warmth, helps me regain my composure, refocus my energy and stay strong.
    • This process does take practice to become automatic. Moving from being “triggered” into an old reaction, to deliberately choosing a better response (thought or action), when the “trigger” occurs.  Simply put, this formula is: “When X (trigger), Do Y (new response)”.

Remember that asking for help is also caring for and looking after yourself. If you do notice any niggles as you are doing these “at home” self-care activities, professional help may be useful to help you through. Whether it be an Osteopath, Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Massage Therapist, etc, for physical aches and pains, or Counsellor, Psychologist or Mind Set Coach or mental and emotional issues. 

This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Anything that makes you personally feel stronger, more refreshed, rejuvenated or nurtured, is worth doing. After you’ve done some of these for a while, you may be inspired to try something new. I strongly encourage you to do so!

When you do, we’d love to hear about it. Please let us know how you go, in our Facebook community group.