Self Care Tips

If you are looking for a good reason to treat yourself, you probably aren’t resting yourself enough. Putting off ‘me time’ can be detrimental  to your overall health, and will contribute to you feeling overwhelmed, chaotic or run down. 

You may feel that your life revolves around work or family, working yourself until there is nothing left in the tank.

This  is why self care is extremely important, for your body and mind to be aligned. 

Self care is the health care you provide for yourself. Defined loosely, self care is any activity that allows you to align your body with your mind, with the ultimate end goal of improving your mental and physical wellbeing.

Self care improves your personal relationships, your mental health and your physical wellbeing.

Avoiding self care and self betterment means risk of negative thinking, low self esteem, fatigue and self neglect. It will be difficult to develop and maintain relationships with family and friends as well as yourself. 

 

Action plan

Get active and stay active

Any physical activity is better than no physical activity at all. Taking the time for small breaks throughout the work day to walk around or stretch is essential; joints need movement to remain lubricated and can lower the risk of osteoarthritis later in life. It is recommended to participate in 150minutes of exercise per week at a minimum.

Listen to your body

Pain is your body’s way of telling you to slow down or stop yourself from continuing a particular activity. Pain is a signal to lower the workout or activity intensity and frequency, to not push through the pain. By doing so, it gives your body permission to recover and settle, as it can decrease risk of injuries.

Enough sleep or rest

It goes without saying that getting enough sleep is optimal for self betterment. Your body wants downtime, therefore planning rest periods and getting the required seven hours of sleep a night. If you are pushing your body too hard one day or stay up too late, you risk being unable to be active and productive the next day. 

Breathe, relax and a little stress is okay

Breathing exercises are a great way for self betterment. Diaphragmatic breathing assists with reducing stress, as it helps to control the nervous system and encourages the body to relax. 

 

Life can be hard at times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The first step you need to take is the want to see a change in your day-to-day life. If something is not right, fix it immediately. 

The most important takeaway from this is to be kind to yourself and not punish yourself if you forget or don’t have time to relax. Try to make time for yourself and learn that a break from work is not the worst thing. 

 

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.