Why do we think we have to deal with our feelings and mental health struggles all by ourselves? Our emotional wellbeing is often put second to our physical health, but caring for your mind is arguably just as vital – if not more so – than caring for your body. We understand practising self-care isn’t always easy, especially when most of us are crazy busy with work, family and all the other strains that come with modern life. We’re here to help you out with some of the below resources that show the importance of prioritising self-care, so you can start spending a little more time recharging those batteries!
Podcasts: Your Commuting Best Friend – Listen Anytime, Anywhere!
If you haven’t jumped onto the podcast bandwagon yet, where have you been hiding?! Not only do they fit easily into our busy, technology-consumed lives, but podcasts are a super useful way to easily gain more insight into a particular topic you’re interested in. Do you like current affairs? Lifestyle advice? Comedy? You’ll be sure to find something you love! Here are a few of our favourites…
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton, listen here.
How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, listen here.
Headspace Radio, listen here.
The Tim Ferris Show, listen here.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty, listen here.
Ted Talks – Switch Up Your Nightly Netflix Routine
So, you’ve had a bad day at work, or have gotten some less than great news. Yes, you could hide away in bed and watch Game of Thrones for the 7th time, in the hope that Jon Snow or Daenery will cure all your problems, but how about you switch it up with TED Talk? They never fail to inspire and get us back to a kinder headspace. TED Talk’s bring together the most engaging, charismatic and inspiring speakers from the around the world to spread awareness on a range of topics. Always with concrete evidence, they’ll bring you clear strategies that you can apply to your life. Here are a few of ours favourites on the topic of self-care…
Guy Winch – Why we all need to practise emotional first aid?, watch here.
Kelly McGonigal – How to make stress your friend?, watch here.
Dan Gilbert - The surprising science of happiness, watch here.
Elizabeth Gilbert – Your elusive creative genius, watch here.
Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability, watch here.
Books – When You're In Need of Some True Peace & Quiet?
Sometimes you just need to unplug from all types of technology and go old school with a good paper book. Research has shown the reading can help overcome stress and is a simple way to add into your self-care routine. Reading gives us that well needed quiet time to focus on ourselves, experience deeper emotions and lets us step away from our day to day lives. We can forever rave about the perks of reading such as an increase in linguistic skills, better sleep, and increased empathy. So, here are our top five books on the topic of self-care…
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, check it out here.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, check it out here.
Introducing Mindfulness: A Practical Guide by Tessa Watt, check it out here.
Remember This When You’re Sad by Maggy Van Eijk, check it out here.
Self-Care For The Real World by Nadia & Katia Narain, check it out here.