ABOUT SELF-CARE

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WHAT IS SELF-CARE?

At Blurt, we’re always harping on about self-care. We understand how important it is, but also how bloomin’ tricky it can be.

Self-care is far from easy. When our self-worth is on the floor, making time to nurture ourselves feels like an unnecessary effort.  We tell ourselves we don’t need it, and we don’t deserve it. That it’s pointless and self-indulgent. That it’s selfish.

But self-care isn’t selfish, it’s essential. We can’t do or be all the things we want to without taking care of ourselves. A car can’t keep driving forever without some kind of maintenance – regular fuel top-ups, service, MOT and repairs. We’re exactly the same.

Of course, we may feel resistance around practising self-care.  We’ve spent so long telling ourselves we’re unworthy, that showing ourselves kindness feels extremely discomforting.  We may also find that as we make building self-care into our lives, some of the people around us seem unsettled too. Change can be uncomfortable for us all – but that doesn’t mean it’s not necessary.

On this page we share information and resources to help you on your self-care journey. We hope it inspires you to make positive change.  Because – whatever your head may say – you *are* worthy, and you do deserve better.

 

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” – Audre Lorde

GETTING STARTED

Self-care is depression’s nemesis. When we practice self-care, we’re acting in opposition to depression’s demands.

But even when we’re raring to go, self-care can feel overwhelming.  While it’s talked about a lot, many of us are still not quite clear what it is. We may be unsure about how to start building it in our lives – or indeed where to start.

It doesn’t help that what counts as self-care differs from person to person – what helps one of us, might leave another of us cold. And on top of that, as we grow, change and develop, our self-care needs change too. Self-care never stops being a work in progress – but it is so worth the effort. We just need to take it one step at a time.

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