About self-care matters

Self-care matters is a new, non-profit social enterprise dedicated to promoting better mental health by spreading kindness to ourselves and others.

I share resources, ideas and experiences about the role of self-care in the management of mental health issues.

I send self-care boxes into psychiatric Mother and Baby Units.  These are created by myself and I have personally selected contents which are designed to brighten up someone’s day.

What is self-care?

Self-care is the act of choosing activities or behaviours for the good of our mental, emotional and physical well-being.  Everyone’s self-care will be different and half the challenge is finding out what works for us as individuals.  Often we think of self-care as a luxury when in fact it is a necessity and also a discipline.

I will be the first to say I know self-care is not always as simple as having a bath or a cup of tea.  It may be taking medication, engaging with mental health services or keeping ourselves safe in a crisis.  Different situations, thoughts, feelings and emotions call for different self-care methods.  It may feel forced at first but with time and patience we can learn what makes us tick and find our own rhythm.