International Self-Care Day 2022

International Self-Care Day 2022

Woman Clasping her hands over her heart - International Self-Care Day 2022 Article by The Therapy Centre

We often hear how important self-care is, but many of us struggle to practice it. Self-care is a life-long habit, and with some knowledge and information, people are better able to look after their own health efficiently and effectively with the support of health and social care professionals.

Here are 5 ways you can practice self-care today…

1. Unplug.

Even just 5 minutes of down time from your TV, computer, and phone can make a big difference in your wellbeing. Research has proven that people who limit their time online report that they are able to be more present in their lives, have better sleep, make more meaningful connections with others around them, and are more productive.

2. Declutter.

According to research, a clean space can help you feel less stressed. People who can describe their homes in a positive way have been found to have a lower level of the stress hormone called cortisol. Starting small is the key to success, as you will be less discouraged when you see small improvements.

3. Nourish yourself.

Learning to enjoy food and loosening dietary restrictions can open us up to enjoying life. By accepting our body as it is and listening to our bodies cravings and needs for food, we learn to love ourselves for who we are.

4. Create.

Being creative is proven to improve happiness, mental health, and brain function. Even something as simple as colouring (such as the adult colouring books that were very popular a few years ago), increases dopamine, helps you focus, and strengthens connections in your brain.

5. Listen.

Listening to music can help you calm down, make you cry, or encourage you to move your body. Whatever music you choose to listen to, your brain is wired to respond to that rhythm with a flood of emotions that can help with sleep, reduced stress, improved memory, and even pain management.

Are you struggling to practice self-care?

At The Therapy Centre we have skilled Psychologists, Social Workers and Psychotherapists who effectively treat a variety of issues that may be preventing you from developing a self-care routine, from everyday challenges to traumatic events with more lasting impact. We help individuals cope with difficult life circumstances like the death of a loved one, a life-altering accident, or a serious illness as well as anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. We also have a dietitian who can help with setting nutritional goals.

At The Therapy Centre we are now offering both in-person and Virtual Telehealth services including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.

Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto area, at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville, 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton, and a NEW location in Toronto at 1849 Yonge St (Yonge and Davisville).