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Self-Care Tips

Self-care has many definitions, and it can be decided by personal preference and experimenting with what works for each individual. By looking after yourself with self-care you can have a huge positive impact on both your physical and mental health. Here are some of my top tips to good self-care and how to implement it into your routine. 

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© Danae Mercer

“Taking care of myself doesn't mean 'me first.' It means 'me, too.'”
~ L.R. Knost

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Printable self-care wheel by OlgaPhoenix

Taking charge of your self-care is important but sometimes it can be overwhelming this printable self-care wheel can help you by turning it into a game you spin the wheel and whatever it lands on is how you, your family or your kids practice self-care that day or even week. 

© Olga Phoenix

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© National Eating Disorder Association

This image can also be printed as a way to help build a positive body image of yourself which is really important, a top tip would be to put it somewhere you see it everyday like bedroom/bathroom mirror.
© National Eating Disorder Association

Hopebox by PAPYRUS

A HOPEBOX is what the charity PAPYRUS describes as an emergency box / sel-soothe box. This box can be called anything that you want as long as it helps make you feel comfortable. As PAPYRUS explains "when you're feeling upset, anxious, or experiencing thoughts of suicide then you can use the box as a way to feel better." One thing that it is important to note about a HOPEBOX is you make it personal for you, which is important as what someone else may respond well to you may not, so this is your chance to completely make it as personal as possible to you and to your needs. As much as you can make your own box, you can also decorate any bag or some form of container to hold your items. Another tip they suggest is creating smaller ones that you can bring with you when you're out and about, like at school or the shops just in case you need that comfort. 

"The more personalised the better, and creating the HOPEBOX in itself can be a really good distraction technique or self care activity." - Papyrus

© PAPYRUS

Charlie Waller's Wellbeing Action Plan

The Wellbeing Action Plan is an important resource which has been compiled to support you through your tough times and to help you feel well. It is also designed to be something that your are in control of where you make the decisions. 
 

© Charlie Waller

6 Things to Know About the Teen Brain

During adolescence a lot of changes go on, the following document will help you to understand what's going through your own brain and for parents/guardians this will also help you to understand the changes their brain goes through during this period. 

© National Institute of Mental Health USA

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