By Laura Booiman, CBT Therapist
The Science of Self-Care
There is a lot of talk about self-care these days. When thinking of self-care, one might imagine bubble baths, facials and cozying up with your favourite book in front of a fire. However, the stereotypes that are often associated with self-care give this fundamentally important habit a bad rap. While self-care may sound like a luxury, recent scientific studies suggest that it is actually non-negotiable, if we are looking to live long and healthy lives.
Below we are going to outline some common myths around the practice of self-care, discuss what the most recent research tells us, and give you some easy, take-home examples that you can incorporate into your daily life.
Myths about Self-Care:
What the Research Tells Us:
Practical Ways you can Practice Self-Care:
Final Thoughts about The Science of Self-care
Remember, self-care doesn’t have to be perfect. As a clinician, I often tell my clients that it is not about the act itself, but setting the intention. If you slip up, be kind to yourself, and set the intention for self-care at a certain time of day that feels more manageable to you. If this blog resonated with you and you would like to speak with Laura or one of our associates for further support, please Contact Us.
Laura Booiman, MSc. (she/her/hers) is a CBT Therapist at Dr. Joti Samra, R.Psych. & Associates. Her clinical training focuses on providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioural treatments to a variety of client’s psychological health needs, including: generalized anxiety disorders; depression; navigating life transitions; and managing stress (generalized and school). Check out her full bio here.
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