Filling your self care backpack

We all know the importance of looking after our mental health, but how often do we dedicate time to figure out and assess how we're looking after ourselves?

Self care is important for everyone - we all need to look after our mind as much as we need to look after our body. How do you figure out what self care means for you? How do you build up self care routines and strategies for both long term self care and in the moment use?

I've spent a lot of time building and iterating on my own self care toolbox and I'd like to share some of the techniques and tools I use to help me figure out what I need to do to keep my mental health on an even keel. I've developed a series of exercises and resources to help form your thoughts around this, and we'll be using these (there will be the option to take them away as well if you'd rather work on this in private).

My focus will be on creating a helpful safe space to discuss these things in a flexible way so people can share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. I'm a trained Mental Health First Aider, so I am aware of how people can be triggered by these discussions, and the limits of my knowledge as someone who isn't a trained therapist.

My talks and activites are designed to be a gentle exploration, and none of them will be mandatory. I will be planning many breaks in, and people can opt out at any time.