Have you ever heard your therapist ask you “what do you do for self-care?” Self-care is constantly spoken about within the therapeutic session but how often do our clients actually practice self-care? I find myself constantly reminding clients to practice self-care to help achieve and maintain their overall well-being. The responses to the idea of self-care vary from not knowing what it is to trying to minimize their need for self-care.
You may be asking yourself “what is self-care Keeton?” Self-care is defined as “the act of attending to one’s physical or mental health” (Self-care). Self-care can help reduce stress, symptoms of anxiety or depression, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and create balance within physical and mental health. Self-care can also help balance and regulate one’s emotions. “Self-care is often considered to be an important aspect of resiliency: those who are able to adequately meet their needs are often able to better cope with everyday stressors” (Team,GoodTherapy).
Self-care is not just about mental and physical health. There are seven pillars of self-care and each of us focuses on each pillar differently. The seven pillars can be used to “list specific activities for self-carers, self-care support tasks for healthcare professionals, barriers, policies and much else” (The Seven Pillars). The seven pillars are:
Knowledge and Health Literacy
Rational use of Products and Service
The seven pillars can be used as a base point on building a better overall well-being of ourselves. Small steps such as getting 8-10 hours of sleep, eating healthy, or taking time for ourselves can make huge changes in our well-being. I recommend to all of my clients to make a list of 10 items of self-care to help them visualize what they view as self-care. What are you going to do to build up your self-care rituals?
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Team, GoodTherapy Editor. “Self-Care.” Self Care in Therapy, GoodTherapy,