Roberta King writes: “Self-care is something I’ve come to value enormously over the last few years and it’s something I’m a huge advocate of. As a private counsellor and mental health practitioner working in GP surgeries I meet a lot of people who are struggling with their mental health and the general stresses and strains of everyday life. Something that a lot of these people have in common is that they don’t practice self-care. Many have forgotten in the midst of their unhappiness how good it can feel to take some time for yourself and do something that you enjoy.”
So what are the benefits?
There are so many benefits of self-care, here are a few.
- Time to breathe and create some head space. Life can be so busy that we don’t always have time to think clearly and focus on ourselves and what we want from life.
- If your self-care is doing something on your own this can allow you to be more present when you are with others because you’re not spending that time just wishing to be alone.
- It allows you to gain personal insights. By spending time thinking about what you enjoy or don’t enjoy for that matter, gives you the chance to learn more about yourself and what makes you tick.
- Improved self-esteem. In order to practice self-care, especially on a regular basis you need to show self-compassion. Allowing yourself to meet your own needs can support you to value yourself more and increase your sense of self-worth.
- Increased overall effectiveness. Self-care allows you time away from stress, relieving this regularly means that you can be more productive in times of pressure.
- Improved energy levels and quality of life especially in those with long term health conditions. Practicing self-care helps to rejuvenate your body giving you more energy.
For the evidence, see:
- https://jech.bmj.com/content/61/3/254.short and
For more details about self-care from Roberta King, see: https://robertakingcounselling.weebly.com/blog/self-care-the-best-medicine
For an appointment
For more information about how counselling can help with self-care and treat a variety of conditions, take a look at Roberta King’s page on our website: https://www.yorkclinic.com/practitioners/roberta-king/. To make an appointment, or if you would like to talk with Roberta about how she can support you, please contact her on 07999968433 or Roberta.firstname.lastname@example.org.