Incorporating Self-Care into Your Routine

Back in the days of hopping on a plane without a second thought, there is a message we can take from the in-flight safety presentation which applies to how we manage our own


. This is especially prudent throughout the seemingly endless roller coaster journey we are taking in this post COVID world.


‘Put your own oxygen mask on before you help others to do the same.’

Unless we take steps to look after ourselves, we will not be in a fit position to offer our family, friends and communities the support they need.

Self-care is not an indulgence; it is a bare necessity of life – remember the Jungle book song!

Incorporating self-care into your daily routine with a walk, some exercise, social distance socialising and the occasional coffee break gives your mind and body time out to rest and reset. Spending time structuring your day to incorporate breaks, activity and healthy eating into your routine allows your body to rejuvenate and thus lessen the stress and anxiety you may be feeling.

Make a plan, take your coping skills into account and identify your particular self-care needs. Practice the art of decisional balancing and consider both the positive and negative strategies you use to manage your anxiety. Do you shout and yell at minor upsets? Could you instead take a deep breath and ground yourself with a practised meditation technique? Examine the information you have gathered and reflect on how feasible it is to incorporate these into your day to day – from this create your plan.

Your plan may include limiting access to media and news stories. Constant exposure to worst case scenario stories fuel feelings of panic and uncertainty. Remember that thoughts are just that and not necessarily fact checked. Stay on top of negative thinking, don’t give it power. Exercise is tried and tested – sleeping, eating and exercising well are key to your successful self-care routine.

Focus on the immediate, what you can do, make your plan and stick to it, you will then be in a position where you can help others fit their own life-saving oxygen mask.

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Meet the Author

About Amanda Jennings
Amanda is the Executive Manager Business Development for CHESS Employment working to progress initiatives and opportunities to support growth and diversification. With a background in Social Science, Amanda came to Australia 20 years ago having worked with refugees in Sudan and at a welfare clinic in Malawi, Southern Africa.