SPICE UP YOUR LIFE!
Nurturing ourselves and meeting our own needs is a very important part of emotional health. When we are busy it can sometimes be hard to find a moment for ourselves. It’s very easy, when we are focusing on the needs of the other members of our families, to put our needs last.
If we neglect ourselves, we can become tired and stressed and this makes it really hard to find enjoyment in family life. So we owe it to ourselves to take time out and recharge our batteries.
There are six different areas of need that we should consider when making sure we are looking after ourselves: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Creative, Emotional and Spiritual.
You can easily remember these by thinking of the word SPICES. If you can find a way to look after each of these areas of need by doing something you enjoy, you will improve your emotional health. It doesn’t have to be something that will take a lot of time out of your day. Some simple suggestions are:
Social – Talking to friends on the phone or meet virtually, going for a walk with a friend.
Physical – Gardening, walking, jogging, dancing Intellectual – Reading, watch a documentary on TV, On-line classes, play chess or another strategic game. Creative – Listen to music, DIY, drawing or colouring.
Emotional – Watch or read something that will make you laugh, share a worry with someone, do something to help someone, eat something that’s a treat!
Spiritual – Meditate, yoga, mindfulness, enjoy nature on a walk.
Remember, don’t feel selfish for finding time for yourself everyone will benefit from having a happier you.
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Telephone hotline for parents Our telephone hotline runs every Wednesday from 1-4pm and is available to parents/carers should they have a psychological issue or question about their child they feel it would be helpful to discuss with an EP. During the phone call, EPs will focus on problem solving, providing information and signposting if appropriate. This is not a formal means of referring an individual child to an EP and these consultations about children are anonymous. The following information will be recorded for administrative purposes: school name, age and gender of the child and a summary of key issues causing concern. No prior arrangement is necessary – simply call into your area telephone number for your area between 1 – 4pm each Wednesday as follows: If you call and the hotline is busy, business support will take a message for an EP to call you back within 48 hours of your call.
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