Guest Post – Self Care 101

Hello lovely readers. Confession time: this is the first blog post I have ever written. When Katie asked me if I wanted to do a guest blog post my first thought was ‘Hell yes!’ quickly followed by the usual voice of self-doubt ‘You’re not witty enough to write a blog’.  However, the topic of self-care is something that I do feel very passionate about, so I am battling through the inner critic.

A little about myself: My name is Kirstin, I am a mum of two small boys, owner of One Wee Box and I work full-time with the NHS as a psychological therapist. I understand the importance of self-care from a professional as well as personal perspective.  In the NHS, I work with clients who have a range of mental health difficulties and self-care is the first things I talk to them about.  My motivation in setting up One Wee Box was all about creating gift packages to encourage people to take time for themselves.  As a mum of two I also know the value of a little ‘me time’.

We hear a lot about self-care these days, especially on social media.  But what is it?  I think about self-care as the act of looking after yourself for your own benefit.  It is any activity that boosts your mental and physical wellbeing.  I recently carried out a survey to find out whether people were regularly engaging in these kinds of activities.  I found that while most people understood the importance of self-care, a whopping 80% struggled to find the time for it.  To try and tackle this, I put together an extensive eBook packed full of hints and tips to help people make self-care a priority.

Self-care 101 takes you through what self-care is, why it is important, and the steps needed to find the time for it every day.  I believe that one of the reasons people struggle to find the time for self-care is the pervasive belief that it is somehow selfish to take time for yourself.  This is something that I try to address in my eBook as I believe that self-care is a human right.  We all have the right to look after ourselves and very often it is necessary to look after ourselves first before we can be in any condition to care for others.  There is a lot of truth in the saying ‘You cannot serve from an empty vessel’.

So how can we increase the likelihood that we will engage in some self-care activities?  One of the first things to consider is creating some protected time every day for self-care.  The key is to identify a time in the day that you can put aside for self-care, picking a time that suits most days.  So, have a think about the time of the day that you could dedicate 5-10 minutes to a little self-care: in the morning before everyone else is awake, during your lunch break, after dinner or in the evening when the kids are in bed?  Find what works for you and if you can make self-care part of your daily routine it becomes so much easier to do.

The next step is to consider what kind of activities you enjoy and what you have time for day to day. Self-Care 101 is packed full of ideas for self-care activities that you can choose from depending on how much time you have.  You don’t need to dedicate hours to self-care, some days all you will manage is 5 minutes and that’s ok.  The most important thing to remember is that self-care is essential to your wellbeing, it is not selfish and we all deserve to take a little time to ourselves.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my first ever blog post!  If you would like to learn more download Self-Care 101 and discover the secrets to making more time for yourself. Take care of yourself guys!  Xxx

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