Being kind to yourself is not a concept that comes naturally to many of us, but taking a bit of time out of each day for some self care might just be the best thing you could do for your own wellbeing.
Taking time for you
On an aeroplane, one of the first things you are taught is that if something should happen to cause oxygen masks to come down, you have to put on your own before tending to someone else. That’s because you can’t be of use to others if you can’t help yourself. The same is true of self-care. Taking time out for yourself on a daily basis, and finding the balance between what you need and what others need of you is so important to your wellbeing.
Ways to be kind to yourself
In the fire and rescue service, you’re used to putting other people’s needs before your own. But self-care isn’t selfish. It doesn’t mean only thinking about yourself. It means self-preservation, taking time out of your day, even if it’s just 15 minutes, to do something that’s just for you.