What is self-care?
Self-care is caring for ourselves. It's treating ourselves with kindness and compassion, and engaging in activities that will make us feel better both immediately and over time. It sounds easy but it's not always.
Why can self-care be difficult?
There are many reasons why self-care can be difficult:
- We lead busy lives and might forget or not make time to engage in self-care.
- We might turn to coping mechanisms that give us immediate relief or happiness but can do us harm in the longer term.
- We might not recognise the need for self-care. Sometimes we can gradually become upset and stressed and not realise until we're overwhelmed.
- When we're feeling down, engaging in any self-care takes a lot of effort and energy we might not feel we have.