Are you taking care of your emotional wellbeing? Answer these questions to get some tips on how you could improve your emotional self-care.
You might find it hard to put your own needs first. This is often a problem for people who have high demands placed on them at work or in their daily lives.
By investing in your emotional self-care, you’ll have more energy to face life’s challenges and to support those around you when they need it.
How do you invest in your emotional self-care? These activities can help:
Strengthen the important relationships in your life. Find a hobby in common with your partner, go to an event you enjoy with an old friend, or give your mum a call.
Commit to leaving work on time, every day, and plan your day accordingly.
Create a ‘third space’ between work and home where you can go on your after-school commute. Stop off at a local park, take a short walk, or even sit for five minutes in your car in the driveway. While you’re there, reflect on what went well that day, and take a moment to rest and reset so you don’t bring work stress home with you.
Take some time out to reflect on your strengths, the things that motivate you, and the things you’re passionate about. Ask yourself questions like: ‘Am I drawing on my strengths every day?‘ and ‘Am I making time in my life for the things I’m passionate about?’ With this in mind, make a plan to incorporate your strengths and passions into your daily life.
Use a wellbeing app to keep track of your emotions and what causes them. Use this information to focus on things that cause positive emotions and to reduce those that cause negative emotions.
It looks like you’ve already started using strategies for your emotional self-care. This is a great first step for your emotional wellbeing.
Investing in emotional self-care activities can help you face life’s challenges and support those around you when they need it.
Use a journal to reflect on your day. Write down three good things you did, three things you’re grateful for, and three things to focus on tomorrow.
Invest time in the important relationships in your life. Find a hobby to share with a friend or your partner, go to an event you enjoy with an old friend, or give your mum a call.
Build new relationships and connect to your passions by joining a group focused on something you’re interested in, such as sports, the arts, books, or a local issue.
Making your strengths and motivations part of your life is important for emotional self-care. Spend some time reflecting on your strengths and motivations, and introduce them into your daily life.
Congratulations! It sounds like you understand the importance of emotional self-care and of taking time for yourself.
To push yourself even further, consider some of the following activities:
Join a group focused on something you’re interested in, such as sports, the arts, books, or a local issue. It’s a good opportunity to be involved in something you’re passionate about and to build new relationships. If you can’t find a group in your area, consider starting one.
Develop a plan that integrates your strengths into your job. This might involve taking on new responsibilities at work or volunteering to support extracurricular activities.
Support those around you who might need a little extra help. You could set up a peer-support group at work or a regular catch-up with a friend who might be needing some support.