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 Self-Care 

Online & In-person Self-Care Training

The Benefits of Self-Care 

Self-Care contributes to positive outcomes for those who practice it regularly.

  • Contributes to a healthy relationship with ourselves 

  • Helps us boost our confidence & self-esteem

  • Increases our productivity & motivation

  • Reduces our feeling of being overwhelmed

  • Strengthens our engagement levels

  • Helps us feel connected to the world around us​

  • Helps us fight fatigue & illness

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Our handy toolkits are full of handy tips to help you improve your overall health and wellbeing. Click on the image to find out more.  

Our Self-Care Training 

One of our key areas of work is to promote Community Resilience through Self-Care Training.

Our trainer, Mary Mulcahy, offers Self-Care training to support the wonderful staff and volunteers of family resource centres.

These guided Self-Care practices centred around a different team each month contain the following elements:

  • breathing exercises to calm the mind

  • guided meditation to clear the mind 

  • mindfulness techniques to help focus the mind

 

Self-Care Online 30 Minutes for Me -  is a 30-minute free online Self-Care practice session exclusively for all management, staff, and volunteers of Family Resource Centres.

Sessions are scheduled each month, one midday and one early evening, allowing staff to participate at a time that best suits them.

Bespoke Online Self-Care Practice -  a self-care practice session tailored to meet the needs of management, staff, and volunteers in an individual FRC or a county/region.  Sessions are designed to support the specific needs of staff.

Bespoke In-person Self-Care Practice -  a self-care practice session tailored to meet the needs of management, staff, and volunteers in an individual FRC or a county/region.  Sessions are designed to support the specific needs of staff.

8 Key Areas of Self-Care

 

Physical

Every day, your body works hard to get you where you need to be and do what you want.

When you focus on your body, you can start to find peace by simply being.

Taking care of your body raises your mood, and your confidence grows as you start to feel a sense of accomplishment.

Physical Self Care Activities 

Go for a 20-minute walk, drink enough water, or eat a delicious, nutritious meal.

 

Emotional

Feelings are always valid, and you deserve to exist in this world.

You must take great care of your emotional self, as it will bring you peace.

What you feel right now, no matter if it is anger or sadness or joy, it is ok to feel this way.

How you choose to process and deal with your emotions is what is important.

Emotional self-care activities

Keep a journal, unburden your emotions to a friend, or visit a counsellor. 

Spiritual

It's easy to get caught up in life and to focus on societal worries.

Try to connect with yourself and nature to bring balance to your life.

Spiritual self-care activities

Go for a walk or sit outside, looking up into the sky.

Enjoy a deep breath of fresh air and be. Feel the warmth from the sun shining on your skin.

Find peace of mind through meditation.

 

Inspirational

Absorbing positivity from inspiration helps you project positivity.

Like your body, our mind works hard to help you progress in life.

Nurture your mind by engaging in stimulating activities.

Inspirational self-care activities

Inspiration can be found where you least expect it. 

Take inspiration from someone you know who has thrived despite adversity.

Find inspiration in a great book, the world around you and the people you connect with. 

Intellectual

Like your body, your mind works hard to help you progress in life.

Nurture your mind by engaging in stimulating activities. The more you know, the more you will learn about yourself.

Intellectual self-care activities

Open your mind and learn about different perspectives and viewpoints to create deeper connections with others. Learn a new language, solve a puzzle, take a course online, watch a documentary, listen to an informative podcast, engage with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.  

Social

Nurturing relationships with friends & family are the bonds that bring meaning to your life.

Socialising and connecting with others provides an opportunity to give and receive love and support.

Social self-care activities

Join a club, set up a family what's app group, set monthly catch up with friends. 

Visual

Aesthetics cultivates a special kind of calmness. 

Creating or viewing something you find visually appealing creates a feeling of harmony and relaxation.

Visual self-care activities

Declutter, open a window to let in light and fresh air, add houseplants to a living space, light a scented candle, get dressed up for no reason, visit an art gallery or museum, create a sanctuary space in your home.

Financial

Money does not equal happiness, but a better understanding of our finances can help us feel in control. Financial freedom can reduce stress levels as well.

Financial Self-Care Activities

Create a monthly budget, track expenses, cut out unnecessary spending, plan to use money more wisely, save up with a goal in mind or pay off some debt. 

Key areas for self-care in your 'new' life - Independent.ie