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Confused about self-care?

Heard us go on about self-care but not quite sure what we're talking about?


Self-care is really important for your overall wellbeing, and of course, we can't stop talking about it Smiley Tongue So what is self-care you ask?


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I really like this definition from Life In Mind Australia,

“Self-care refers to activities that help individuals look after themselves both physically and mentally. It includes behaviours we can adapt to ensure that our bodies and mind function effectively and healthily. It is important to recognise that self-care doesn’t require the need to add more activities to already busy schedules, but to take time for ourselves when we need it.”


So self-care is focusing on wellbeing, and lucky for us there is a whole Wheel of Wellbeing that was made and it includes an action for each area of wellbeing!!
Body - Be active

Spirit - Give
Mind - Keep Learning
People - Connect

Place - Take notice
Planet - Care


So what does self-care look like?

It’s important to remember that self-care is different for everyone, so if your self-care doesn’t look the same as someone else's, that is completely okay!

We have an epic article - How to be awesome at self-care

And we have this great thread - I practised self-care today by…


But what about some examples?

Body - eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep

Mind - reading a book, listening to a podcast, managing stress eg yoga or meditation

Spirit - doing something nice for others, giving yourself a break and looking after you - remember that you can't pour from an empty cup

People - spending time with friends/family/loved ones

Place - start a veggie garden, recycle what you can


I also want to say that just as self-care is about looking after our wellbeing, sometimes self-care is also taking a break from stressful times to simply nap.


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Sometimes self-care isn’t enough and we need more support.

That is totally okay!

If it’s something we can help with, feel free to make a thread in tough times or Everyday life - Whichever is appropriate.

If it’s not appropriate to talk about on the forums, remember there are helplines you can contact such as

Kids HelpLine (KHL) 1800 55 1800

Life Line 13 14 11

EHeadspace 1800 650 890

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Qlife 1800 184 527

1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732

The Butterfly Foundation 1800 334 673

BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636

MensLine 1300 78 99 78

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Re: Confused about self-care?

This is a spectacular thread @Bee!

Self-care is so important and can be a difficult concept to understand. This thread has some excellent explanations, that quote is definitely a great pick! I love the images too! Thank you for sharing this.


I am finishing with ReachOut this week, say good-bye here. I'll miss you all!