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(Mental Health) Oct 12, 2022
#workinprogress: The Art of Self-care
In light of World Mental Health Day on 10th October – TRC is running a mental health awareness campaign #workinprogress throughout the month. Join us as we unravel what it means to be a #workinprogress.
Written by Myra N.

World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th of October – in light of this, TRC is highlighting mental health awareness throughout the month with our campaign #workinprogress. As the saying goes, life is not meant to be perfect, it’s meant to be lived. We are all a constant work in progress and instead of striving for our lives to be perfect, or to look like someone else’s, we should be working towards doing what makes us feel better on the inside. 

Something that many of us look past, is the importance of self-care. With our busy schedules and a million things going on at once, me-time is often forsaken. Self-care is vital in ensuring that we prioritize ourselves, fostering a healthy and positive relationship with ourselves which is key in improving our mental wellbeing and cultivating positive feelings and emotions – let’s talk about the different ways we can show ourselves some tender loving care other than just another day at the spa.

From Me, to Me.
1. Journaling

You may be surprised by what penning down your thoughts can do for your mental wellbeing. It may sound simple, but journaling has multiple benefits from providing a safe space to express your negative thoughts to leading you on a journey of self discovery. You can definitely write whatever comes to mind or however you’re feeling but journaling is typically segregated into expressive writing and gratitude journaling. Expressive writing is where you pen down whatever feelings/emotions or any emotional experiences you’ve been through and gratitude journaling is capturing moments in our lives, be it big or small, in which we are thankful and grateful for. Some of the benefits of journaling include: reducing anxiety, increased cognitive processing, acceptance of feelings/emotions, emotional catharsis (emotional release), ease of stress, regulation of emotions and an overall improvement of one’s mood – a great form of self-care that  continuously works on processing your thoughts/feelings/emotions, renewing your mind and serving up fresh perspectives that will help you feel a little bit better day by day.

2. Learning to say NO.

‘No’ has never been this powerful. With the amount of things we have on hand, it’s tough to find balance while juggling work, family, friends, romance, commitments, finding me-time and an on-going pandemic. The stress and burn-out from life is real and many of us are unsure how to cope with these intense and overwhelming feelings of constant physical and mental fatigue, which can lead to anxiety, stress and irritability – placing you in a perpetual bad mood. Many times, we feel obligated to say yes to our friends and/or loved ones in fear of disappointing them despite sacrificing our time and energy but then who looks out for us? To avoid adding onto these overwhelming feelings of a burn out, it’s important for us to set boundaries, be firm and to learn to say no. Learning how to draw a line is an important way to show self love by prioritizing ourselves – protecting our time and energy making sure we focus on our mental wellbeing.

3. Staying Active

We know you’ve heard this one – but do you know exactly how staying active plays a part in your mental wellbeing? To put it simply, staying active doesn’t just work to buff you up physically, it works on your brain too. Physical activity releases a protein into your brain that promotes the growth of new brain cells, this could possibly alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression – but let’s not dive too deep into the science of it all. Exercise is great for your mental wellbeing as it teaches you to be disciplined, to persevere, and increases your stamina – and we haven’t even got to the fulfillment you gain from completing a workout you thought you couldn’t get through! When you’re struggling with that last set of your workout, it’s not about your physical capabilities anymore, it’s all in the mind. At the same time, exercising gives you an outlet to get rid of that negative energy, allowing you to sweat the stress away! Now you know how exercise works to build up your mental strength and that it reaps multiple long term benefits for your mental wellbeing. 

Over at TRC, we offer an array of different classes to get you moving! Whether you’re looking to get some cardio in or want to go for something less intense, there’s something for everyone with our movement, martial arts and yoga offerings. To add a cherry on top of it all, TRC offers recovery services such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and a thermal suite with a sauna and cold plunge to relieve those tired muscles! Try adding a fitness routine into your lifestyle and release those endorphins to feel lighter and happier.

Love Yourself

Slow progress doesn’t mean no progress. Each and every single one of us struggles with something in our lives and as cliche as it sounds, no one is perfect and we’re all trying to get by. #workinprogress is a little campaign to remind you that it’s not about getting ‘there’, it’s about the small things in life that help us get by, one day at a time. Constantly working on ourselves to learn how to deal with our feelings and emotions and taking care of the inside can start with something as simple as loving yourself and placing yourself first. Be it starting out with a simple journal entry, setting boundaries or even getting in a short workout – go at your own pace and remember to put yourself first. If you need someone to talk to, head over to our website or download the TRC app to book a slot with our mental wellbeing therapists – Priscilla S. or Alex O. We are all a #workinprogress 🙂


*This article has been reviewed by our mental wellbeing therapist, Priscilla S.

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