Did you know that being kind to ourselves is one of the most important things we can do in life? Looking after ourselves is as, if not more important, than looking after other people. In our society we often put others first and ourselves last. We sometimes don’t think we are deserving of love and kindness to ourselves. But if we are well, we can be at our best to enjoy life and support our friends and family. It’s a bit like the oxygen mask analogy when you go on a plane, you need to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you help others.

Self-care can be as simple as making yourself a nice cup of tea in the morning, or going for a walk in the fresh air, but there are many ways to care for yourself and support your health and wellbeing. Find an activity that nourishes you and makes you feel good, perhaps listening to music or dancing, cooking, exercise or learn a self-care technique in this section like mindfulness or forest bathing.

Caring for and looking after ourselves well means we have the best opportunity for ourselves in life and can be there to help and support the people we care about. It also gives us the best chance of being happy and physically and mentally healthy.

From meditation to wild-swimming, taking time in our lives to look after our mental health and wellbeing is essential. Find out how people in Cumbria find peace and happiness!

Here are some Tools to help with Self Care:

Self-Soothing Using Your Sense of Taste

Self-Soothing Using Your Sense of Taste Self-soothing Using Your Sense of Taste is an example of DBT Our sense of Taste is very powerful. Often it can trigger memories and emotions therefore, it’s important to find tastes that are appetising to you. Our tongue has distinct regions of taste buds on it to differentiate flavours… Continue reading Self-Soothing Using Your Sense of Taste

How to Make Friends

How to Make Friends If you are looking to make new friends, you have to get clear on what kind of friends you want to make. Generally speaking, there are 3 types of friends: “Hi-Bye” friends (or acquaintances). These are the ones you see at school/work because the context calls for it. You say hi when you see each… Continue reading How to Make Friends

How to use Social Media with Anxiety

How to use Social Media with Anxiety ‘why am I so scared to post on social media?’ Some aspects of communication are distinctive online, and this might increase social anxiety. One such aspect is the culture of shares and ‘Likes‘. When you post something and wait to see how many hearts or thumbs-up it receives, it… Continue reading How to use Social Media with Anxiety

Art Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Art Therapy for Depression and Anxiety Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. You can try art therapy yourself! Here are some examples of people expressing there visualisation fo their mental health struggles: 1. ‘Brain Sick’ 2.… Continue reading Art Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Things I do to feel better

Things I do to feel better (depression) “The most important thing is to focus on all the things I can do and not on the things I have trouble doing.” Read through Alice’s story below: “I am a 22 year old female and I have been dealing with anxiety and related depression for over 10… Continue reading Things I do to feel better

Men’s Mental Health

Men’s Mental Health In England, it is estimated that as many as one in eight men suffer from common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or ODC (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  However, it is difficult to know how accurate these statistics are, because it only describes the reported mental health status-which means that in… Continue reading Men’s Mental Health

Self Care to You

Self Care to You Self Care is different for everyone… What is self care to you? Ask yourself: ✔️ At what times do you feel most calm? ✔️ When do you feel supported? Loved and cared for? ✔️ What does self-love mean for you? Grab a piece of paper or a notepad and list the… Continue reading Self Care to You

Introduction on meditation

Introduction on meditation by Paul from Still Mind Training Things to think about… Does meditation help you? What types of meditation do you do?

Settling the mind practice

Settling the mind practice by Jen Things to think about… How did this affect you mood? Do you feel more calm and composed? Did you enjoy this Tool? If so, why not bookmark this page and make some time to settle your mind every day!

Three minute breathing space

Three minute breathing space by Jen Things to think about… How did this exercise help you? Try this exercise often and see how it helps your mind and body.

Why I swim

Why I swim by Lucy All my life I have had an affinity with water, and I am lucky enough to live close enough to Coniston that I can submerge myself in her clear waters year in year out, forty-seven years and counting.  Starting when my parents first took me to Brown Howe as a… Continue reading Why I swim

Nature connection and forest bathing

Nature connection and forest bathing by Jen from Lakeland Wellbeing Things to think about… Do you feel a connection to nature? What helps your wellbeing? Try out forest bathing in your own time and see how it affects your mental health and wellbeing.


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