What is POWER?

Posted by Kelly Dare on

POWER is an acronym that stands for five things you should try and do everyday to enhance your wellbeing. 

It originates in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - a type of cognitive-behavioural therapy that teaches people how to live in the moment, develop healthy ways of coping with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships. 

At it’s heart, POWER is a daily check-in with yourself to make sure you’re doing the things you can do to look after yourself. The idea is to build these things into habits, and also see where you might want to concentrate on.

The most important part of POWER is that it is based on your own experience. There’s no right or wrong - you don’t have to be training for a marathon or eating kale and quinoa salads. The whole thing is about doing the things you need to do to feel good.

What do the letters stand for?

Physical activity

Whatever you do to move your body counts.

One good thing

Do something that shows compassion to yourself or your community, every day.
There are no right or wrong things to do here, and the small things count as much as the big things.

Watch out for yourself

This space is to track the specific things you need to do to function at your best. It could be things like getting your prescription filled, drinking 2L of water, taking your meds or vitamins, meditating, or taking a shower.
It’s deliberately vague, so you can track the things that help you watch out for yourself.

Eat what nourishes you

Eat what makes you feel good. Trust yourself to guide you in making nourishing food choices, eating what feels right to you, when it feels right to you.

Rest and relax

Do something that relaxes you. That might be sleep, but it could also be switching off your phone at a specific time, doing some painting or reading a good book.

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