International Self Care Day July 24th 2023

July 7, 2023 | News

International Self-Care Day provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programmes around the world. Self Care Day is a day dedicated to prioritizing your well-being and practicing self-care. Self-care isn’t selfish because taking care of yourself allows you to recharge, rejuvenate, and show up as your best self for others. It’s an essential practice that nurtures your mental, emotional, and physical health, enabling you to maintain balance and offer support to those around you.

5 steps to mental wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life.

1.Connect with others

  1. Be physically active
  2. Learn new skills
  3. Give to others
  4. Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

1.Connect with others

A family meal, having a chat, coffee with a community group.

2.Be Physically Active

Gentle exercise guided by a professional, a short walk with a friend, swimming, group exercise classes (consult your GP before starting a new exercise routine)

3.Learn new skills

This could be learning a new recipe, gardening, starting a DIY project or enrolling on a course at a local college

4.Give to Others

Research suggests that acts of giving, and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by: creating positive feelings and a sense of reward, giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth and helping you connect with other people. It could be small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones like volunteering in your local community.

5.Pay attention to the present moment (mindfulness)

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Find out more information about health and wellbeing on the East Hants PCN website or from your social prescriber/health and wellbeing coach who can tell you about local support and community groups.