Little ways to look after yourself

Make self-care a priority in 2023

Self-care is the small actions we take to look after our own mental health. It's about listening to how we are feeling and understanding what our bodies and minds need to feel happy.

Self-care can be as lavish or as simple as you want it to be. It can be making sure you are eating and sleeping well when you are struggling or about taking a break when you are feeling overwhelmed and making time to do activities you enjoy.

Here are some tips for looking after yourself that you might find helpful.

Books, books, books

Reading is a great form of escapism and relaxation from everyday life. Save money on books by visiting your local library in Surrey where you can find a wide range of books, podcasts and audio books.

Download the Libby app to listen and read library books on your device. Perfect if you want to get lost in a book while commuting or doing your chores!

Explore the outdoors

Its difficult to want to go outdoors in the winter months but 30 minutes of physical activity per day is great for your mental and physical health.

Immerse yourself in nature, by wrapping up and getting out in the beautiful Surrey countryside or your local park.

What's on

Take time to do something new for you. Have a browse through our What's On guide to see what's going on in your local area.

There are many free activities such as nature photography, learning new handicrafts, trail running and singing groups.

Looking out for your friends

When life gets overwhelming many people find it difficult to reach out to loved ones or friends for help. But speaking to your friends or family about your worries is a great way to feel less lonely when you're going through a hard time.

Try to take some time to text or call your friends or loved ones, meet up for a coffee or plan a fun activity together.

Find out more about the steps you can take to help yourself and those around you and where you can find further support on the Every Mind Matters web page.

Support in Surrey

If you are really struggling and need extra support, there are many resources in Surrey to help you on the Healthy Surrey Mental Wellbeing web page.

More from health and wellbeing