Self Care

At The Anxiety Relief Center, we believe that therapy is one of the most beneficial and precious forms of self care. Therapy is a time to be seen, heard and understood on a deeper level. At times, we can forget that the relationship with ourself is the foundation for all relationships. Treating ourselves with care, love and compassion helps us treat others that way too.

What is self care and how it helps with anxiety

Self care is a personal practice. Self care refers to practices and activities that you can engage in regularly to reduce your stress and maintain your health. Basically, it’s doing more of what you like to do and, also, finding new things that might be enjoyable and calming for you.

Consider self care as a necessary survival skill. The great thing about it is that there is no wrong way of doing it. If you make the time to practice self care it will help you limit and alleviate the stress and strain you encounter every day. If we don’t attend to ourselves we burn out and as a result our personal and professional lives suffer. Every day is a balancing act between our work, home, family, friends, and personal needs. It can be easy to forget about our own basic needs and wants with so much to juggle.

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By refueling and resourcing your body, your mind and your spirit, you will be able to:

  • Achieve your goals more easily
  • Be more effective at work
  • Feel more vitality and energy
  • Be and feel better in your relationships

Another important thing to remember is to eliminate at least some of the negative ways you cope with stress. For example, consider your sleeping, drinking and eating habits. Remember, we are talking about self care, not self sabotage. You want to make more room for the positive ways you recharge and unwind. Knowing what stops you from engaging in self care is also important. For example, if you know money concerns might hold you back, you can think of what life offers for free that is nourishing and fun. Walks on the beach, going on a hike in the woods, taking a bath, stretching and standing in the sun are examples of no-cost self care practices.

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How self care works in therapy

Therapy is a form of self care on it’s own. During the process of therapy you and your therapist can assess and figure out what kind of practices and experiences will be helpful and supportive for you. By understanding what you like and find interesting and exciting you can find out the different practices of self care that would be nourishing and refueling for you.

Your therapist is someone that you can rely on that will listen to and attend to your needs. With their help you will be able to start to practice a much deeper listening to yourself. By making room for yourself, to your feelings, thoughts and sensations you get to know yourself better and as a result you create a more loving and attentive relationship with yourself.

Examples of self care practices:

  • taking walks
  • gardening
  • listening to music
  • meditation
  • swimming
  • dance
  • going to a comedy show
  • cooking
  • play
  • meeting with friends
  • painting
  • massage and body work
  • spa time
  • Yoga
  • buying fresh flowers
  • qui gong/tai qui
  • long baths
  • collaging
  • journaling
  • traveling
  • going on retreat
  • spending time in nature