Self Care

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Self Care

In this webinar, Bobbi shares information and insights for self-care.

Myths of Self-Care

  • You have to ‘do’ self care

  • If your self care doesn’t look like mine – it isn’t self care

  • The same thing works all of the time

  • Self care is set and forget

  • Self care is selfish and self centered

  • The effects of self-care are temporary

  • Self-care is just for women

  • Self-care takes too much time

  • Self-care is doing anything that soothes you

  • I can’t afford it

Risks of neglecting Self Care

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Lack of mental clarity

  • Difficulty in relationships

  • Difficult trusting others and self

  • Addiction

  • A tendency to value instant gratification

  • Fatigue-related insomnia

  • Poor hygiene

  • Low self-esteem

6 Areas of Self Care

  • Physical

  • Psychological/ Emotional

  • Social

  • Spiritual

  • Professional

  • Online

Physical

  • Eat healthy foods

  • Take care of personal hygiene

  • Exercise

  • Wear clothes that help me feel good about myself

  • Eat regularly

  • Participate in fun activities (e.g., walking, swimming, dancing, sports)

  • Get enough sleep

  • Go to preventative medical appointments (e.g., check-up’s, teeth cleanings)

  • Rest when sick

  • Overall physical self-care

Psychological/Emotional

  • Take time off from work, school, and other obligations

  • Participate in hobbies

  • Get away from distractions (e.g., phone, email)

  • Learn new things, unrelated to work or school

  • Express my feelings in a healthy way (e.g., talking, creating art, journaling)

  • Recognize my own strengths and achievements

  • Go on vacations or day-trips

  • Do something comforting (e.g., re-watch a favourite movie, take a long bath)

  • Find reasons to laugh

  • Talk about my problems

Social

  • Spend time with people who I like

  • Call or write to friends and family who are far away

  • Have stimulating conversations

  • Meet new people

  • Spend time alone with my romantic partner

  • Ask others for help, when needed

  • Do enjoyable activities with other people

  • Have intimate time with my romantic partner

  • Keep in touch with old friends

Spiritual

  • Spend time in nature

  • Meditate

  • Pray

  • Recognize the things that give meaning to my life

  • Act in accordance with my morals and values

  • Set aside time for thought and reflection

  • Participate in a cause that is important to me

  • Appreciate art that is impactful to me (e.g. music, film, literature)

  • Do something for a friend

Professional

  • Improve my professional skills

  • Say “no” to excessive new responsibilities

  • Take on projects that are interesting or rewarding

  • Learn new things related to my profession

  • Make time to talk and build relationships with colleagues

  • Take breaks during work

  • Maintain balance between my professional and personal life

  • Keep a comfortable workspace that allows me to be successful

  • Advocate for fair pay, benefits, and other needs

  • Consider your next steps and bucket list

Online

  • Have boundaries around the amount of time you spend on social media, when and where

  • Watch out for emotional engagement in debates and topics

  • Only engage with people who fill your cup

  • Have an alternative to social media for self care

  • Impacts sleep

Get Support

Each

1300 003 224  

www.each.com.au

Carer Gateway

01800 422 737 

www.carergateway.gov.au


Foster Care Association of Victoria

Offers a  Carer Assistance Program and therapeutic phone support.

https://www.fcav.org.au/

 

And...

Disability specific support groups (if they currently exist)

 

Online

 

GP

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