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How to practice self care with friends during COVID-19

Making time for self care with friends can help you to stay connected while social distancing


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Self care is a good idea at all times as it helps you keep a balance in your life, but it is particularly important for times when you are feeling exhausted and not like yourself or overwhelmed by work or study.

It can take time to figure out the best form of self care for you. Take our quiz to see how much you know about self care and what kinds of activities you could do to look after yourself.

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Q1. Self care is about…

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Self care is about looking after yourself. It helps to keep balance in your life, and rather than being selfish, it can actually help to improve your relationships because you will be feeling better in yourself and able to dedicate more time and attention to other people.

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Self care is about looking after yourself. It helps to keep balance in your life, and rather than being selfish, it can actually help to improve your relationships because you will be feeling better in yourself and able to dedicate more time and attention to other people.

Q2. True or false: Getting out into nature has been proven to improve mental health

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Spending more time outdoors and getting into nature makes us feel better, and it has been linked to improved mental health for people in all age groups. Making sure to get outside is a great way to look after your mental health.

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Spending more time outdoors and getting into nature makes us feel better, and it has been linked to improved mental health for people in all age groups. Making sure to get outside is a great way to look after your mental health.

Q3. Which of these activities can help you to feel better:

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All forms of exercise are associated with improved mental health - it can give you more energy, help you to feel motivated, and can help to reduce stress. Finding a form of exercise that works for you is a great way to look after yourself.

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All forms of exercise are associated with improved mental health - it can give you more energy, help you to feel motivated, and can help to reduce stress. Finding a form of exercise that works for you is a great way to look after yourself.

Q4. Which of the following can help a friend to feel better:

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These are all ways you can help to support a friend and practice self care. Making time for each other and checking in on their mental health can help to build a connection and bring you closer together.

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These are all ways you can help to support a friend and practice self care. Making time for each other and checking in on their mental health can help to build a connection and bring you closer together.

Q5. A good way to distract from your thoughts is to…

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Trying to completely avoid or push away negative thoughts can be unhealthy, and relying on alcohol or drugs to cope can lead to more problems. However, having an activity like a class that you can look forward to can be a great way to take a break from your thoughts and focus on something you enjoy.

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Trying to completely avoid or push away negative thoughts can be unhealthy, and relying on alcohol or drugs to cope can lead to more problems. However, having an activity like a class that you can look forward to can be a great way to take a break from your thoughts and focus on something you enjoy.

Q6. Which of the following activities can help to release happy hormones in the reward centre of the brain:

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Learning new skills gives a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, linked to the reward part of the brain that gives us happy hormones. Taking time to learn something new can also help to improve your self-esteem and help you to feel better about yourself.

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Learning new skills gives a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, linked to the reward part of the brain that gives us happy hormones. Taking time to learn something new can also help to improve your self-esteem and help you to feel better about yourself.

Q7. True or false: Creativity can be a form of self care

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Being creative lets you focus on things you enjoy, gives you a sense of achievement, and can be a great way to spend time with a friend. Exploring your creativity can also help you to work through any negative emotions you might have, and to understand how you’re feeling.

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Being creative lets you focus on things you enjoy, gives you a sense of achievement, and can be a great way to spend time with a friend. Exploring your creativity can also help you to work through any negative emotions you might have, and to understand how you’re feeling.

Q8. The best kind of food to eat when you’re feeling low is…

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Eating healthily is an important part of self care. When we are feeling low, we typically reach for quick easy food to make us feel better, particularly foods high in carbohydrates and fat. This is fine in the short term, but it doesn’t set us up for looking after our mental health.

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Eating healthily is an important part of self care. When we are feeling low, we typically reach for quick easy food to make us feel better, particularly foods high in carbohydrates and fat. This is fine in the short term, but it doesn’t set us up for looking after our mental health.

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It looks like there are some things you could learn about self care. Understanding why self care is important and how you can practice self care can help you to improve your mental wellbeing and feel better.

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It looks like you know some things, but there’s more you could learn about self care. Understanding why self care is important and how you can practice self care can help you to improve your mental wellbeing and feel better.

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It looks like you have a pretty good understanding of self care. Understanding why self care is important and how you can practice self care can help you to improve your mental wellbeing and feel better.

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Nice! You have a great understanding of self care. Understanding why self care is important and how you can practice self care can help you to improve your mental wellbeing and feel better.

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Published Jan­u­ary 1st2019
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