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Chai and Chat: Self-care

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Published: 17 February 2021

Love yourself sign and roses

Valentine’s Day might be over, but that’s no reason to stop showing the love! The Health and Wellbeing team are coming together for a special Chai and Chat dedicated to self-care.

Join them today and this Friday to find out how you can look after yourself and the people around you without spending all your money.

“At the University of Sunderland in London, we really care about you.

Our biggest wish is that you have the ability and get the resources to look after and support yourself to stay balanced, safe and positive.

You’ve probably heard the term self-care before.

Defining it can be tricky, and sadly it’s been slightly taken over these days to mean something like pampering yourself.

The ‘wellness industry’ has capitalised on the term, selling us a huge range of materialistic ideas, concepts and things.

Last Sunday was Valentine’s Day, itself a day where we usually spend money. We’re encouraged to make romantic gestures through gifts, cards, dinners and flowers, making many feel they need to spend money to show love. 

But kindness doesn’t have to be that complicated and certainly shouldn’t cost the world.

Self-care, along with looking after our friends, families, our community and neighbours, is more than enough.

Instead of spending cash to find inner peace, spend time breathing mindfully when you’re stressed, step back before an argument, listen actively to the people you care about. 

All this can have some wonderful effects on your sense of self.

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, you can still challenge the idea that you need to spend money to show love.

Invest in yourself and your relationships with others through time and caring instead.

The second Chai and Chat of the month is dedicated to the theme of self-care.

We’re giving out tips and advice on how to look after yourself and have some compassion.

Find out what kindness looks like and how you can be more aware of it in your life.

Join us today, Wednesday 17th of February at 2pm for our self-care special Chai and Chat session.

And, if you can’t make this one, we’re doing it all again on Friday 19th February at 2pm as well.”

Please note, Chai and Chat is not intended as a one-to-one session. If you would like to speak with a member of the Health and Wellbeing team confidentially, you’ll need to book an appointment.

You can get in touch through Compass, email them at or call on 0207 531 7343.