Mastering Self-Care

 
 

Thank you to those who joined the Mastering Self-Care workshop.

Included below is a summary of the key points covered, for you to put some of the suggestions into action. For those who did not make it, we hope these top tips will prove useful for you also. 

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Hannah's Top Tips: 

Self-care is:

  • Not just nutrition and exercise
  • Treating yourself like you would your own child or best friend
  • Having boundaries
  • Knowing what energises you and doing it (introversion/extroversion)
  • Recognising your emotions and supporting yourself through them
  • Championing yourself through difficult times
  • Finding positive, productive and actionable approaches to worries, concerns and anxieties

A helpful framework to think about re self-care is Robert Holden's Love/Fear framework:

He suggests everything we do, say, believe, perceive either comes from a place of love or a place of fear. Self care is about self supporting when we are seeing things in a fearful way, and helping ourselves see things from a loving/hopeful perspective. This isn't about denying that challenges arise, this about moving away from ruminating in thoughts and beliefs that are stopping us from moving forward and feeling good.


Five activities to 'fill your cup’:

  1. Mindfulness and being with emotions (naming your physical feelings and naming the emotion)
  2. Breathing (Thich Nhat Hanh breathing exercises and box breathing)
  3. Self Compassion (Kristin Neff's processes - how do you treat a friend, how do you treat yourself, what could change?)
  4. Being in nature (eg. Forest bathing)
  5. Connection (learning who you feel energised around, and whether you need more time to connect with yourself)

Further Learning 

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Breathing Exercises

Try these Thich Nhat Hanh breathing exercises

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Box Breathing

Watch this short video explaining the power of Box Breathing


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Self Compassion

Try these Self Compassion guided meditations and exercises by Kirtsen Neff

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Recommended Read

Loveability by Robert Holden, whose framework was referenced in the session


 
Abby Hubbard