#Selfcareweek Youth Voice

This piece is written by Youth Ambassador Harvey Morton

It’s Self Care Week this week, an annual, national awareness week that focuses on forming support for self-care across communities, families and generations. I wanted to share my top 5 self-care tips for when you’re feeling a bit more ‘back to bed’ than ‘back to school’.

Looking after yourself should be a top priority for everyone, it is often overlooked until a physical ailment or a wave of emotion comes along that forces us to take notice, especially when we all lead such busy lives.

Sometimes we forget that to be the best we can be and give back to the community, we must care for ourselves first. It’s not about being selfish, it’s simply about making sure our own glass is full before we start pouring into others.

I have owned my company Harvey Morton IT Support for over four years now, and there’ve been a few times when I’ve wished I was on the payroll somewhere else and could rock up and look like I was working all day, however, when you’re self-employed (or on a contract) and you don’t work, you don’t get paid. I wrote a blog post all about being self-employed over on my LinkedIn page titled My Mental Health as an Entrepreneur – go and give it a read if you get a chance!

I’m no expert in self-care but here are some of the things I do that really help me and I’m sure they will help you to recharge and replenish yourself too:

  1. Be Kind to Yourself – Sometimes we forget how important it is to be kind towards ourselves. Speak to yourself like you would your best friend and give yourself the same encouragement and love. Doing this daily can help to recharge your mental wellbeing and it really does make a difference!
  2. Wake Up Early – if ever you read those ‘number one tips from successful people’ articles, getting up early is always cited. Get up as early as possible and you have more time to yourself to complete your goals. You can also, possibly, have all the things you don’t want to do, done by breakfast time. Best start to the day possible.
  3. Put an Inspirational Playlist on – I love my music, it has always been there for me when there’s been no one else around. It’s fitted every emotion possible through school, when I’m working or travelling and just hanging out with friends and family. If I’m ever in any kind of mood, it’s usually the music I’ve been listening to that has got me there.
  4. Accept what you can’t control – Often we need to release the way we want things to go and accept things for the way they are. When we do this, we open up space for relaxation and acceptance, it also gives us space for new opportunities to emerge.
  5. Finally, take a break – whatever it is you’re trying to do you need to take breaks. I know myself now, and my working style. I know when it’s time to step away from my laptop, take a break and refuel. And when you do take a break, actually take one! Don’t swap your computer screen for your phone or tablet screen as that won’t do you any good! Sometimes, you might not want to do anything when you take a break and that’s fine – just sit quietly or go for a walk if you feel like it, the most important thing is that you are giving your mind a rest!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading my top five self-care tips, make sure that you start taking care of yourself, it’ll be the best thing you ever do!

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