The 1st September happened to be a Friday so it seemed apt to set ourselves a 30 day challenge of self – care where we looked to embrace change in our self-care habits  as the Autumn season dawned on us. Just as the trees begin to shed their leaves we discussed what we could also let go of that was no longer serving us and what we can do to introduce new healthy habits into our lives. Over the four weeks of September we looked at how procrastination often blocks us from making change. We found this video by Mel Robins really useful. The ONLY way to stop procrastinating | Mel Robbins – YouTube.

We all set ourselves challenges to review weekly in group – these ranged from introducing a warming drink at night, eating less sugar, buying less on Ebay, eating less chips, making our bed in the  morning. The words of encouragement shared to each other each Friday was so supportive and we all moved forward. We recognised that it really does take 30 days for a new habit to form and this video proved useful to watch Try something new for 30 days – Matt Cutts – YouTube.

Here are the resources we used:

Self-Care Tips

Self-care means taking time to do things you enjoy. Usually, self-care involves everyday activities that you find relaxing, fun, or energizing. These activities could be as simple as reading a book, or as big as taking a vacation.

Self-care also means taking care of yourself. This means eating regular meals, getting enough sleep, caring for personal hygiene, and anything else that maintains good health.

Make self-care a priority. There will always be other things to do, but don’t let these interrupt the time you set aside for self-care. Self-care should be given the same importance as other responsibilities.

Set specific self-care goals. It’s difficult to follow through with vague goals, such as “I will take more time for self-care”. Instead, try something specific, such as “I will walk for 30 minutes every evening after dinner”.

Make self-care a habit. Just like eating one apple doesn’t eliminate health problems, using self-care just once won’t have much effect on reducing stress. Choose activities that you can do often, and that you will stick with.

Set boundaries to protect your self-care. You don’t need a major obligation to say “no” to others—your self-care is reason enough. Remind yourself that your needs are as important as anyone else’s.

A few minutes of self-care is better than no self-care. Set an alarm reminding you to take regular breaks, even if it’s just a walk around the block, or an uninterrupted snack. Oftentimes, stepping away will energize you to work more efficiently when you return.

Unhealthy activities don’t count as self-care. Substance use, over-eating, and other unhealthy behaviors might hide uncomfortable emotions temporarily, but they cause more problems in the long run.

Keep up with self-care, even when you’re feeling good. Doing so will keep you in a healthy routine. Plus, self-care might be part of the reason why you’re feeling good!

Resource from TherapistAid.com

And asked ourselves the following questions:

My self-care is important to me because………………………………………………….
The one bad habit I will cut for 30 days is………………………………………………..
The new activity/task/habit I would like to try is……………………………………..
The people in my life who positively influence myself the most are…………….

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