What is Self-Care?

While the use of the term has become increasingly common over the past decade, Self-Care is a concept that has existed for quite some time. It is self-explanatory – and revolves around a person taking time to take care of themself in hopes of improving or preserving their physical and mental health.

Its increase in relevance has come in reaction to generations becoming increasingly aware and knowledgeable on the topic of mental health itself, and the term is often used in the context of people making a deliberate choice that benefits their own wellbeing.

In relation to mental health, when dealing with issues such as stress and the possibility of illness as a result of it, self-care provides a solution in the form of stress management, wherein even the tiniest acts of self-care can help reduce stress immensely in one’s life.

What are some examples of Self-Care?

There isn’t a curriculum or standard set of Self-Care examples or tips and this is mainly due to the fact that it isn’t the same for everyone. Each person has a different set of needs, both physical and mental, that need to be met for Self-Care to be achieved.

To put it simply, anything that you do for your own wellbeing is self-care, whether it’s going for a jog outside or simply staying home and spending the day inside. Everyone has a different set of needs and an important part of Self-Care is determining your needs and answering them.

All of this being said, there are several natural self-care tips or practices that are universal to all people and can be considered “standard” in discussion;

  1. Eating Healthy and Staying Hydrated to improve energy and focus
  2. Getting enough sleep
  3. Having a good support system – whether it be family or friends – who can provide both emotional and practical support in times of need 
  4. Exercise – even if it is a small amount, to help improve your mood and health

Self-Care comes in many shapes and sizes, and is unique to each person. It doesn’t follow a “one size fits all” mindset, and it is important that you find out what makes you happy and use that to guide your approach

When should professional help be sought out?

It should be stressed that while Self-Help is useful in managing and improving one’s mental health, it is not a “cure” or “answer” to mental health. While it is important and beneficial to take part in Self-Help practices, it is also important to seek out professional help if severe mental health issues or symptoms are making themselves known.

Such symptoms may include insomnia or difficulty in sleeping, unwanted changes in weight or health, the inability to continue standard activities throughout the day due to your emotional state, loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable, and the continuous inability to perform daily responsibilities.

How is Coaching linked with Self-Care?

Noble Manhattan recognizes the increasing need for professionals that both recognize the importance of mental health issues amongst all generations and work on managing individuals of all ages to deal with these challenges. The organisation provides the Adolescent/Kids Coaching Diploma, which adheres to this need by providing this course, which qualifies coaches to provide support to children and adolescents both within and out of a school setting. 

It should be noted that Coaching is completely different from therapy and other support systems and programs offered by mental health professionals. That being said, what Noble Manhattan provides is an additional method of supporting those who face these challenges through the curriculum it provides.

Sources:

  1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health
  2. https://www.circlehealthgroup.co.uk/health-matters/health-and-wellbeing/what-is-self-care-and-why-is-it-important

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