Self-Care and Well-being: Tips and Resources

Making time for your personal well-being can often be categorized as something you do when you ‘have the time,’ or in other words, it’s not always deemed as an essential component of our everyday lives. In fact, you hear it on a daily basis, “I wish I had more time to work out!” or “I want to eat healthier, but where do I start?”

 

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In times of heightened stress or anxiety, it’s more important than ever to maintain your physical and mental wellness. Dedicating time to your own well-being is vital to ensure you are equipped to handle the uncertainties which can seem dismal at times, however they provide the foundation of resiliency, positivity, and overall good health. As we collectively continue to navigate and understand the impacts we face from this pandemic, including practicing physical distancing, it remains true that self-care is not something that requires the presence or engagement of others. If you struggle with implementing basic self-wellness rituals, explore the resources below to find out how you can support your self-care and well-being.

 

Self-Care Tips and Resources:

Sleep

We all know that sleep is important, but just how much sleep should you be getting each night for optimal health? Getting enough sleep each night will help you with cognitive functions like making decisions, concentration, problem solving and even our ability to learn and process new information.

  • How to Calculate When you should go to sleep: Click here
  • 6 Reasons to not skimp on sleep: Click here

Nutrition

Falling into unhealthy eating habits and patterns can happen to the best of us. Often times not knowing what healthy alternatives/options are, can be half the battle. Stay informed and learn about how to choose the right foods for optimal health and wellness.

  • CDRCP Webinar: Why Nutrition Matters for Mental Health: Click here
  • Canada’s Food Guide: a Snapshot: Click here
  • Healthy Eating during COVID-19, Government of Canada: Click here

Physical Activity

Engaging in physical activity, when able, can have lasting benefits to one’s overall health and well-being. While the idea of exercise may not always be enticing, exploring different options and getting creative, can pose positive effects, both, physically and mentally. Why not try something new? You may even surprise yourself by enjoying it!

  • Benefits of Physical Activity Click here
  • How to start exercising: A Beginner’s Guide Click here
  • CDRCP Webinar: F – Word in Childhood Disability: Fitness Click here

Mindfulness and Relaxation

Relaxation can mean different things to different people however, it is hard to debate the fact that it is a crucial component in maintaining our overall physical and mental health. Take time to schedule in relaxation time, get away from screens, and let your mind relax from the noise of the world.

  • Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief: Click here
  • YouTube: How to Become More Mindful: Click here
  • CDRCP Webinar: Mindfulness and Self-Care Strategies Click here
    - Learn different mindfulness-based practices that you can use to:
    • De-stress and release tension
    • Calm your nerves
    • Pay better attention and care to your body and mind
  • CDRCP Webinar: Time Keeps on Slipping and it is Out of My Control  Click here
    • This webinar focuses on the differences of mindfulness and various forms of meditating
    • Explore how to regain and shift our mindset regarding “never having enough time".

 

Remember, self-care doesn’t have to be complicated. By making time for your personal well-being, you are providing yourself the foundation of resiliency, positivity, and overall good health. By implementing any of these self-care strategies, you are taking action and putting the self, back into self-care!

 

 

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