Sometimes, it’s easy to keep going and give so much of ourselves to others. When we care about people and try to be there for people, it’s easy to forget that we need to be there for ourselves too.

​​It is just as important to fill our own cups and taking time to priorities self care and time out. It’s important to practice regular self-care and to refill our own cups, especially if we are feeling tired, exhausted, drained or stressed. Below are our top tips for filling your own cup.

Here are our top tips on how to fill our cups

​1. Self-Care
​Take time to do things that make you feel happy and cared for and things you can do on your own that you enjoy like painting, music, writing, cooking, pampering yourself.

​​2. Nutrition and Regular
​Exercise Keep yourself physically and mentally healthy with exercise and nutrition. We really do feel good when we move our bodies and eat healthy.

​​3. Get Some Sleep
​Get a healthy amount of sleep by making sure you are creating healthy night time habits that help you sleep.

​​4. It’s Okay to Say ‘No’
​Learn how to say ‘no. ’If you are feeling exhausted, it’s important for you to take time to rest and not feel guilty for it.

​​4. Try Slowing Down
​Most of us live very busy lives. When we are busy, we often forget to take time to slow down. Slowing down is a great way to recharge our energy. Breathing exercises and mindfulness are great activities to help us slow down.

​​5. Switch Your Devices Off
​Turn your electronic devices off for an hour or two to give yourself some time for YOU! It’s important to focus on yourself when you are recharging. It can be difficult to focus on yourself when you are online or talking with friends on your phone.

Family Activity:
Taking time for self care and prioritising time out is important for all of us. As a family, you can start implementing a self care schedule where every family member is accountable for their own self care time. You can check in with each other and help each other to do this. Have regular discussions as a family about the importance of filling your own cup, and as a parent, take time to role model this for your child/children. Remember, self care is not selfish! When we take care of ourselves, we have more energy to give to others.