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This training is not meant to be a formula for living a happy, stress-free life. However, it will help you explore ways of dealing with life’s challenges and expressing yourself authentically. Learning requires more than reading and remembering. You have to show up for yourself with courage, compassion and curiosity.

This training includes many techniques and tools to grow your self-care practice. Along the way you will explore and practice many other skills that are helpful for:

  • Deciding where to put your focus
  • Getting a sense of where you are now
  • Setting attainable goals
  • Observing your behaviour
  • Quieting unhelpful thoughts
  • Keeping track of progress
  • Dealing with setbacks
  • Sustaining a self-care routine

Above all, your mindset will determine what you take away from this learning experience. As you proceed through the training, it may help to keep two ideas in mind.

  • There is value in thinking about the “you” you want to be, even when your energy is wrapped up with dealing with the present. 
  • Small steps can lead to bigger changes.

Main points

  • Regular self-care practice is a small investment with big rewards. 
  • Self-care is not just about pampering yourself or being self-centered.
  • Consider the ways that you are currently practicing self-care for physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, personal and professional well-being.
  • Self-care is for everyone and it is never selfish to prioritize well-being.

Optional Reading

Is Self-Care a Luxury? 

Self-care should not mean you have to buy things or spend money. In this article, the writer explores the challenges of maintaining wellness when there is no time or money for indulgences.

Read the article.

Can you relate to the writer’s perspective that self-care activities are often out of reach for people with limited incomes and those living in poverty?

Reflection and Discussion Questions

  • Is self-care more attainable for people with money or those with more leisure time. How can you practice self-care without spending money? 
  • Do you agree with the writer that self-care feels like a luxury? How can people who struggle to make ends meet practice self-care?
  • What is the difference between looking after basic needs such as meals and hygiene and self-care?