— Skylight Trust

Self-care is an important skill for everyone to learn.

When life gets busy, self-care is often the first thing that gets neglected or sacrificed.

People think taking care of themselves is being selfish, but taking care of yourself and your well-being will enable you to be productive and to care for others.

  • in order to show care and compassion for others we need to maintain self-care and self-compassion
  • self-care also prevents burnout, (it helps us reset, prevents exhaustion)
  • self-care helps protect our relationships (with ourselves and others, family, friends and colleagues)
  • self-care makes us more effective, (we need to give our mind, body and spirit time and energy to re-fuel. This helps us become more productive and more resilient to stressors).

Some ideas for self care:

  • rest when you need to
  • do something physical to get your body moving
  • eat good food
  • sleep well
  • drink water often
  • spend time with family/whanau and friends
  • ask for what you need
  • praise yourself – give yourself a pat on the back every day
  • be honest - pretending is exhausting, and hides your real needs
  • forgive yourself - don’t expect too much of yourself
  • give yourself permission to feel whatever you feel
  • treat yourself to something you really enjoy
  • give yourself all the time you need, to handle the things on your plate
  • keep yourself safe
  • be patient with yourself - you’re only human
  • be creative.... sing, dance, paint or write
  • practice yoga or meditation
  • spend time with people who are affirming, optimistic, positive, and replenishing
  • get the help you need if you feel stuck.

Resources Available at Skylight

Skylight is here to help you through difficult times. We can assist you in a variety of ways with information appropriate for your situation. You are welcome to visit us and receive free information and a support pack from our resource centre and borrow books from the specialist library. We also facilitate Professional Development training and offer Counselling support services for children, young people, family/whānau and individuals who are experiencing tough times.

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