As a worker for Harmless, I think it’s important we shed light on what we do for self-care. It’s important to share that even we sometimes need to force ourselves to put the laptop and work phone away and focus on what we need to do to be present in the moment.

Self-care helps to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to look after ourselves by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. So, considering it is Stress Awareness Month, I thought this would be key. Sometimes we do need to take a step back and focus on ourselves and that is ok, it is healthy. I need to remind myself too.

So, what do I do for self-care?

A big part of my self-care very much involves my dogs. I’d love to say its creative art or singing but no, my self-care heavily relies on my little furballs. There’s something about putting my phone down and just having a cuddle with them. They remind me to be present. I also run – notice how I didn’t say ‘I like to run’ because I don’t, it’s horrendous. But for some reason when I walk through the door after my attempt at a 10-minute run, my mind reboots and I feel grounded. I have tried combining running with my dogs, but they would not have it.

I think it is key to realise even the smallest of things can be a form of self-care without us realising, for example making that perfect afternoon cup of tea. This is a reminder to explore your self-care and what helps you emotionally, mentally, and physically. Take the time to fit these things in and be kind to yourself.

“Self-care is not selfish. You must fill your own cup before you can pour into others.”

Sydney Cooke – Clinical Support Worker