Mental Health Awareness Week: Being kind to yourself

As carers, you go above and beyond caring for your loved ones. However, it’s also important to be kind to yourself. You can only do your best and that is good enough. Below are five tips on how to be kind to yourself including a link to a webinar on self-care which one of our volunteers and self-care coach, Abbie Fish ran last month.

  1. Carve Out Some Time For Yourself. Every day carve out some time for yourself and do something that brings you joy. You can draw, journal, write short stories, play a musical instrument, or do anything else that you love to do. Be kind to yourself by giving yourself some “me time” each day.


  2. Give Yourself Recognition. Often, we’re quick to acknowledge the achievements of others, but slow to acknowledge our own. Become aware of your own achievements and give yourself recognition. When you do something you’re proud of, stop for a minute and dwell on it. Praise yourself and relish the achievement. Compliment yourself. Pat yourself on the back.


  3. Cultivate Your Inner Advocate. We’re all familiar with the inner critic. It’s that little voice in our heads that’s quick to judge and is always ready with a put down. Well, it’s time for your inner critic to meet your inner advocate – the other voice in your head: the one that defends you. When your inner critic comes at you with ridicule and scorn, your inner advocate jumps in and presents arguments on your behalf. While your inner critic is against you, your inner advocate is for you. Be kind to yourself by cultivating your inner advocate


  4. Forgive Yourself. We all mess up. If you’re angry at yourself, you need to show yourself kindness: stop blaming yourself, resolve to do better from now on, and forgive yourself.

  5. Take Good Care of Yourself. Rest when you can, eat well, and get some form of exercise on a regular basis. In addition, choose a way to release stress

Keep smiling and try yoga laughter. It helps to release stress.

Also meditation works too