1What and Why Self-Care?

What's self-care? It's taking care of yourself. It's looking after yourself. Self-care is health care; care of your mental health and physical health.

In the UK, the Self Care Forum www.selfcareforum.org defines self-care as: ‘The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.’ And according to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, self-care involves ‘looking after your needs, on a daily basis and in times of crisis in order to maintain a positive emotional, psychological and physiological resilience and wellbeing’.

Self-care involves being aware of and being connected to yourself; it involves ...

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