Relaxation and Self-Care

Although self-care and relaxation seem to be simple concepts in theory, we tend to overlook them despite their vital role in mental health and well-being. Hence, the self-care and relaxation workshop has been designed to explore and highlight the importance of the five central domains of self-care, namely: physical, Intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual. We will also look at a range of techniques and strategies that might resonate with you and help you to expand and further develop your current modes of self-care and relaxation.

Key focuses include; Breathing techniques, Progressive Muscular Relaxation, Meditation, Minduflness & the exploration or key themes and Myths around Relaxation and Self-Care!



What Is Self-Care – Definition, Tips & Ideas for a Healthy Life

Mary McCoy, Author and Social Worker

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care is a very active and powerful choice to engage in the activities that are required to gain or maintain an optimal level of overall health. And in this case, overall health includes not just the physical, but the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual components of an individual’s well-being.

Most people understand that stress is more manageable when they’re feeling happy, healthy, loved, and at peace. However, understanding what is good for you does not necessarily translate into actual behaviours. There are a number of recommendations for each component of an individual’s health; be aware, however, that self-care is a highly personal endeavour, so each suggestion may not necessarily resonate with you.

We will :  

  • Explore the 5 areas of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual.
  • Explore the myths around relaxation and self-care.
  • Learn practical methods to practising self-care and relaxation: breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness 

1. Physical Self-Care

Taking care of your body is what self-care concepts are based upon. Self-care for the body includes those activities that GP’s usually recommend to patients, such as sticking to guidelines for caloric intake, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly. This also includes managing our stress.

2. Psychological Self-Care

Taking care of the mind is just as important as taking care of the body, even if the recommended activities for psychological self-care vary between individuals. It may require learning how to combat negative self-talk and addressing the emotions and psychological triggers that lead to feelings of defeat in relationships or the workplace. It can also include developing healthy habits around time management, organising ourselves, and keeping our minds active and stimulated.

3. Emotional Self-Care

Emotional self-care is highly related to psychological self-care because there is overlap between the psyche and the emotions. For people who are experiencing a great deal of stress or grief and bereavement, emotional self-care may involve taking the time to properly grieve the loss of a relationship or loved one. It may mean journaling about anger or talking about paralyzing feelings with a friend or counsellor.

4. Social Self-Care

If all a person ever does is work, it’s difficult to practice social self-care. Social self-care involves just having fun with the people you love. It may mean going out to coffee with a best friend or planning a fabulous date night with your spouse. It means talking effectively through conflict, and addressing the emotional needs of the people you love.

5. Spiritual Self-Care

Even if you don’t practice a faith, it’s possible to practice spiritual self-care. Spirituality is about both faith and meaning in life. Providing spiritual self-care may mean spending time in prayer or meditation, or going on a long walk to contemplate purpose and meaning. It may involve making time for communal worship in a religious setting. Regardless of how you find meaning and purpose in life, spirituality can build social support and ease psychological and emotional distress.

A Partnership Between:

  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Recovery College
  • Sutton Age UK
  • Off the Record
  • Sutton Carers Centre
  • Citizen’s Advice Sutton
  • Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • ieso