The new normal has posed a set of unique challenges, and now more than ever, practicing self-care is essential to ensure one’s emotional, physical and mental well-being.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) self-care recognises individuals as active agents in managing their own health, whether for preventing or managing the disease.
Thus, the City of Ekurhuleni encourages residents to practice self-care by finding activities that promote physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental wellbeing.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, self-care also contributes to preventing infections and chronic diseases and improving the health and wellbeing of people recovering from acute conditions.
Self-care begins with everyday behaviours, such as washing hands regularly, eating fruit or taking regular exercise to stay mentally and physically aware,” said MMC for Health and Social Services Cllr Nomadlozi Nkosi.
Below are a few tips from Very Well Mind to help residents assess and ensure they are caring for their mind, body, and spirit:
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It's important to assess how you're caring for yourself in several different domains so you can ensure you're caring for your mind, body, and spirit:
When it comes to physical self-care, ask yourself the following questions to assess whether there might be some areas you need to improve:
- Are you getting adequate sleep?
- Is your diet fueling your body well?
- Are you taking charge of your health?
- Are you getting enough exercise?
Close connections are important to your well-being. The best way to cultivate and maintain close relationships is to put time and energy in to building your relationships with others.
To assess your social self-care, consider:
- What are you doing to nurture your relationships with friends and family?
Mental self-care includes doing things that keep your mind sharp, like puzzles, or learning about a subject that fascinates you. You might find reading books or watching movies that inspire you fuel your mind.
Here are a few questions to consider when you think about your mental self-care:
- Are you making enough time for activities that mentally stimulate you?
- Are you doing proactive things to help you stay mentally healthy?
Nurturing your spirit, however, doesn't have to involve religion. It can involve anything that helps you develop a deeper sense of awareness. Whether you enjoy meditation or praying spiritual self-care is important.
As you consider your spiritual life, ask yourself:
- What questions do you ask yourself about your life and experience?
- Are you engaging in spiritual practices that you find fulfilling?
It's important to have healthy coping skills to deal with uncomfortable emotions, like anger, anxiety, and sadness. Emotional self-care may include activities that help you acknowledge and express your feelings on a regular basis.
When assessing your emotional self-care strategies, consider these questions:
- Do you have healthy ways to process your emotions?
- Do you incorporate activities into your life that help you feel recharged?