There are 8 main areas of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social, recreational, environmental, spiritual, and financial.

Self care is a crucial part of living a healthy and balanced life, something we all need. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our lives, with work, school, and other commitments, that it can be difficult to take the time to look after yourself.

In this article we will cover recreational self care, although they do tend to have a cross over.
The goal of recreational self-care is to encourage you to indulge your inner child by engaging in pastimes that don’t demand a lot of thought.

Practising simple and meaningful self-care activities can help you to recharge your batteries and reduce stress levels. These activities don’t need to be complicated or expensive- often the simplest acts of self-care can have the most profound effects! A few suggestions are provided below.

Enjoying a day of pampering with a friend or two, giving you an opportunity to chat, relax and feel good about yourself.

Netflix or a collection of old movies (if you like them), transports you to a different place.

Developing creativity through creating art, colouring pages, or puzzles.

Being outdoors in nature, this can be done with your dogs, friends, family or alone, you could even download an app and learn about your surroundings.

Reading novels, periodicals, or comics (use your local Library).

Playing a game on a board or doing a Jigsaw (maybe from a local charity shop).

Knitting or Crochet is a great activity, plus, you end up with an awesome handmade piece at the end.

In conclusion, recreational self care is an essential part of leading a healthy and happy life. It’s not about being selfish or indulgent, it’s about taking the time to make sure your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing are looked after. So be sure to dedicate some time to doing something that will help you relax and unwind.