• Self Development

Self Development

Self-care starts with self-awareness. Develop a personalised self-care tool kit with activities that will rejuvenate your mind and body. When you prioritise self-care, you improve resilience, reduce stress and foster a more positive mindset. Self-care is not a luxury, it's a necessity for a healthy, fulfilling life. Be guided and supported to maximise your self-care skills. 

Self care for improved wellbeing

Self care for improved wellbeing

In our fast paced world, self-care has become increasingly critical - not only for those who are struggling with their mental health, wellbeing or creating balance in their lives, but also those who are seeking to enhance their performance, personal growth and fulfilment. 

There is a a powerful link between taking care of yourself and experiencing personal growth, self improvement and overall wellness. 

Where can self development be beneficial?


Perhaps you had a really great self-care routine before children, but things have changed and now you don't have as much time, energy or even personal space to take care of your own needs. A psychologist can support you to explore how you can take care of yourself, including asking for help and setting boundaries, despite the push and pull of competing responsibilities that come with parenthood.

Busy professionals

A demanding career can cause you to work long hours, bring your work home with you, struggle to "switch off" from work mode, neglect your work-life balance, and impact your physical health. Prioritising yourself can help you reduce stress, improve productivity, and help maintain a better work-life balance – which in turn can improve focus and decision making, leading to better career outcomes.


Caring for someone can take a huge toll on your wellbeing, whether it be children, people with additional needs, the elderly, or other loved ones. It can difficult to put your needs first, or to overcome the feelings of guilt that may arise when you do, and you're likely to experience high levels of stress and burnout. Seeking support from a psychologist can help you set boundaries and prioritise your own needs, so you can better show up for the other people in your life.

Chronic Health Issues

Managing a chronic health issue can be emotionally and physically taxing, and it's normal to experience anger, depression and even isolation or loneliness. Focusing on self care strategies can not only help with symptom management, but it can also help manage stress, resilience, and self-confidence, which can help manage other challenges that arise from having a chronic health condition.

Life Transitions

Life transitions could include job loss, retirement, transitioning to the workforce or higher education, relocation, divorce and more. These life events can be positive, but they can also be a source of stress and uncertainty. By prioritising yourself and your own needs during these times of transition, it can help you to navigate these changes and challenges more smoothly. 

Feeling stuck

When you're feeling stuck, complacent, uncertain, or anxious about your next steps in life, it can help to reconnect to your values and needs so that you can refocus, prioritise your own wellbeing and goals, and be driven towards the path that will bring you greater fulfilment.

What does it mean to focus on self-improvement?

What does it mean to focus on self-improvement?

Embarking on a journey of personal growth and fulfilment is a powerful step towards self-improvement. It may begin with you identifying and recognising how important it is to nurture your mental, emotional and physical health – which is where self-care comes in. 

When we commit ourselves to such changes, we need to harness self-motivation which propels us towards personal growth. When we can utilise self-care strategies and bring them into our regular practices and habits we can boost our energy levels, improve mood, and enhance our overall wellbeing.

What will a self-development focused session look like with a psychologist?

A psychologist can help you tap into what's holding you back, uncover unhelpful habits keeping you stuck, offer accountability and guidance, and help you overcome self-limiting beliefs and self doubt. Looking at your self-development allows you to explore your values, resources, and strengths, and develop goals or areas of growth that you want to address.

Self compassion

When you're not in the habit of prioritising your needs, it's important to explore where this comes from and what may be stopping you from looking after yourself. Learn to self-reflect and shift your mindset to a more compassionate one, including practicing forgiveness and identifying and letting go of self-criticisms.

Self regulation

Learn to identify different emotions and triggers and practice strategies to cope with them. Address and challenge negative thoughts and beliefs, practice self-acceptance, or learn different distress tolerance techniques to help manage intense emotions.

Relationship skills

Identify patterns or dynamics in your relationships that are impacting on your wellbeing. Develop strong and effective communication skills, including assertive communication, learning how to manage conflict, and setting boundaries.

Available psychologists who can help with self development


What is self care?

Self care is the practice of intentionally taking care of your needs, including physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. It includes many things that you might not have even considered “self care”, such as getting enough sleep (and having good quality sleep), eating a balanced and nutritious diet, incorporating more movement or exercise into your day, practicing mindfulness, setting boundaries in relationships or at work, or even learning the “art” of saying no. 

When you prioritise self care it provides opportunities to refocus your energy on activities that spark joy, give something back to you, and allow you to have the energy to focus on activities that align with your goals, values and needs.

What does self-improvement or putting yourself first actually look like?

As many of us do, you might have gotten stuck in the habit of prioritising others needs above your own. Self care and self-improvement can take many forms, which can make it difficult to recognise what your own needs even are, or putting the right steps in place to get those needs met and re-establish balance and boundaries.

Physical self care - Getting enough sleep, and ensuring it's good quality sleep; eating a well balanced and nutritious diet; moving your body and exercising; practicing good hygiene; regularly attending medical appointments or screenings (including dentist, optometrist etc).

Social or relationship self care - Connecting with loved ones; joining group outings or social activities; starting a hobby or joining a club; volunteering. It can also look like having boundaries or limits within your relationships; feeling safe to express and/or receive affection from loved ones; and practicing communication and conflict resolution skills.

Emotional self care - Being able to say no, or take tasks off your plate (rather than adding more things in); seeking support from loved ones, or even a therapist/psychologist; finding time to engage in activities for yourself, especially those that boost your mood or help you relax; journalling to self reflect and explore your thoughts and feelings; practicing affirmations, gratitude or mindfulness; deep breathing exercises.

Cognitive self care - Read books or articles; do brain teasers, crosswords or sudoku; be creative – painting, drawing, sculpting; learn something new – take a course, watch an instructional video, attend a workshop.

Spiritual self care - Reflect on your values; pray; meditate or spend time on other spiritual practices; reflect on things you are grateful for.

Professional self care - Set and maintain work life boundaries; switch your work emails/calls off when not working; take lunch breaks; take regular breaks to stretch, move your body or get into the fresh air; book your holiday leave; acknowledge your achievements; find a mentor who can support you with your current role, or to take the next step in your career.

Environmental self care - Tidy your sleeping space; declutter your home; organise cupboards/drawers; make a cozy or comfortable nook or area for calm/relaxation time; surround yourself with calming or relaxing objects and decor; get into nature – go for a walk, hike, or do some forest bathing.

Psychological benefits of caring for yourself

If you are failing to look after yourself, being stretched too thin, or constantly putting others needs before your own, then there is a chance you will be experiencing stress, burnout, emotional overwhelm, frustration, changes to eating or sleeping habits, or even developing unhealthy coping strategies. 

Taking care of yourself is essential to your wellbeing and personal development. When you take care of yourself, you help to cultivate a positive mindset and develop healthy and adaptive coping strategies, which can help improve your resilience, self-esteem, overall mood, and reduce your stress, anxiety, and risk of chronic heath conditions.

What clients say about My Mirror

06 April 2023

So grateful

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03 May 2023

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05 January 2024

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18 January 2024

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