Make time for yourself
Caring for yourself can make you feel great! You can take care of yourself in many different ways, from creating special moments to doing something fun. This is your chance to explore the ways you can make time to take care of yourself.
1. Find time
Start by reflecting on how you spend your time. Do you have lots of free time? Or are all your days jam-packed, with not enough hours to do everything?
Make time in your life for you.
Create something to show how you spend your time. Can you see where you can spare half an hour or more to do something for yourself? Look for fringe time before or after other commitments to see if you can squeeze in some time for self-care.
2. An evening for you
Time is precious, so use it wisely. Plan an evening where you put aside your concerns or work and take time for you.
Relax, unwind and recover. Decide the best way to do this for you. That might be some alone time, or you might want to spend time with others.
Try something new. Perhaps curl up with a new book, be creative or watch a new movie. It could be something you enjoy, something you always look forward to doing or something that excites you.
At the end of the evening, schedule in the next time you’re going to take time for yourself. Begin to build this into your schedule and put it in your calendar regularly.
3. Connect with nature
An important part of self-care is having a connection with nature. It’s really important to take the time to enjoy the great outdoors.
Decide on what you want to do outside and do it. Maybe a run in the park, a picnic, some cloud spotting, star gazing or gardening?
Sometimes, activities that look after our wellbeing can cause us to have feelings that we can’t explain or make us feel sad. It’s important you speak to an adult you trust or a professional service about how you feel if this happens.
Out and about safety
- Plan your route before you go.
- Make sure someone knows where you're going and when you’ll be back.
- Pay attention to what’s happening around you. Only do your activity when you are somewhere safe.
- Always keep to the Green Cross Code and remember to wear reflective or bright clothes/accessories. When you’re out at night, wear reflective clothing or accessories like reflective armbands.
- Have a way of contacting someone if you get stuck (for example, having a charged phone).