Self-care is simply looking out for yourself. Doing the things that make you feel good.
We talk about self-care a lot. But what does it mean? How do you look after yourself during these unusual times. Linda, Jigsaw clinician runs through some ways we can look out for ourselves.
Self-care can also include:
- practice relaxation and controlled breathing
- try to take a more balanced view
- take a break from things that add to anxiety, such as social media
- recognise the strengths that we have that will help us get through.
>> Read more about coping with the impact of Coronavirus.
How young people are practicing self-care
Some of our volunteers in Limerick made this video about how they’re spending their time in lockdown and practicing self-care.
Right now, there’s a lot of messaging out there telling what to do with your time. We (ahem) can be a bit guilty of that too. Young people have told us that they are feeling guilty not using all this time they supposedly have.
How ever you look after your mental health and engage in self-care, it’s about finding out what works for you. As our volunteers in Limerick say “you be you.”
Young people looking after their mental health
Many of our other young volunteers have shared how they’re looking after their mental health too. From watching a lot of feel-good movies, listening to music and keeping in touch with friends, making sure to get showered and dressed every day. This last one may sound obvious, but actually may well be something we have let slip here and there.
“I make sure that I plan my days to allow for some relaxation time, this includes exercising or even just having a cup of tea and chilling out with a book. I also make a huge effort to stay in touch with my friends from both home and college by using sites like Zoom to chat to them.” Shauna, 19 Meath
“Getting exercise by going for walks. Taking time out to enjoy hobbies,such as listening to music or playing video games.” Dylan, 21 Offaly
“Playing music, going for walks, baking.” Ruth, Clare/Galway
“I really enjoy home workouts and meditation. I am not trying to pressure myself to be overly productive but doing things I love such as cooking, watching shows that make me laugh and spending time in the sun!” Mary, 20 Dublin
“I try to go for a run or do some exercise everyday and remind myself it will all be over eventually.” Daniel, 23 Meath
Someone who didn’t want to give their name tells us how they’re reframing their thoughts about what’s going on. “I’ve decided to change the way I phrase things and instead of saying I miss things I now say I’m looking forward to the things I can do again and that’s something that makes me feel happy.”