“Self care”, “mindfulness” and “well being” are all terms which we’re hearing more and more nowadays, but which many us can feel confused by or that they belong to someone else. But these terms refer to things which can be so beneficial in soothing ourselves, our anxieties and our concerns – especially in times of change such as with your drinking or substance use. So what are they all about anyway? And what do they mean to you?
Self-care in a nutshell is basically about taking the time to do things which make us feel good, to help refill our energy “cup”. This can look completely different for everyone, but usually involves some kind of activity which we find restorative and where we feel “switched off” from stresses.
According to Smiling Mind, mindfulness is “paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity and without judgement” and can be practised either formally (such as meditating), or informally by giving your full attention to exactly what you’re doing in a moment.
Wellbeing is about the combination of our mental and psychical self – a holistic way to perceive our health. It’s about recognising how we’re feeling in ourselves and identifying if there’s room to give ourselves a little more of what we need.
- Apps: Insight Timer, Headspace & Smiling Mind are just some of the many available mindfulness apps available, to practise mindfulness anywhere, any time. Check them out in your app store.
- Dr Craig Hassed’s video on the science of mindfulness
- Relaxation Techniques
- Ways to relax
- 5 ways to dispel negative thinking
- What to do intead of drinking or using
- What do you think about mindfulness and self care? What does it look like to you?
- If you do practise any self-care, how has it made you feel? Has it helped you when making change?
- Have you got any resources to share with others? Maybe a good book, blog, a helpful link, or a nice quote help?