Liz Greig. Provisional Psychologist
Do you really know what self-care is? Self-Care can mean so many different things to so many different people.
Here are 4 common misconceptions about self-care:
1. Self-care is selfish
One of the most common misconceptions about self-care is that it is selfish. In reality, taking care of yourself is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and it can actually help you be more productive and better able to care for others. Self-care involves making sure your basic needs are met, such as getting enough sleep, eating good food, and engaging in physical activity. It also includes taking care of your mental and emotional health, such as practicing relaxation techniques, setting boundaries, and seeking professional help when needed. Prioritizing your own well-being through self-care is not only beneficial for yourself, but it can also have a positive impact on those around you. Practicing self-care is an act of self-respect, not selfishness.
2. Self-care is all about pampering
Many people believe that self-care is all about indulging in luxurious activities like spa treatments, shopping sprees, or fancy meals. While these things can be part of self-care, they are not the only way to take care of yourself. Self-care looks different for everybody, and can include things like sleeping, eating foods you enjoy, physical activity, reading a book or cuddling with a pet.
3. Self-care is only for people who have time and money
Another common misconception about self-care is that it is only for people who have the time and money to indulge in it. In reality, self-care can be as simple as taking a few minutes to meditate or stretch, going for a walk, or taking a relaxing bath. Self-care is about prioritizing your well-being and finding ways to take care of yourself, no matter your circumstances.
4. Self-care is a one-time thing
Some people believe that self-care is something you only need to do when you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. In reality, self-care should be a regular practice that you incorporate into your daily routine. Taking care of yourself on a regular basis can help prevent burnout and improve your overall quality of life. Prioritizing your own well-being through self-care is an ongoing process that requires regular attention and effort.
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Ceren Celebi. Provisional Psychologist
Grounding is a technique used to help individuals cope with feelings of anxiety, stress, or dissociation by focusing their attention on the present moment and the physical sensations in their body. One common approach to grounding involves engaging the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.
The following is an explanation of the benefits of the five senses grounding technique:
Here is an easy way to practice 5 senses grounding:
Overall, engaging the five senses can help individuals feel more grounded and connected to the present moment. This technique is often used as a coping strategy for individuals and can be practiced in a variety of settings, from the comfort of your own home to a busy public space.