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In this expert session, Zoia Mahjoubi shares insights on the importance of self-care and psychological well-being. Beginning the session, Zoia clarifies that self-care is not just about functioning but truly flourishing, sharing her personal experiences and growth in this area. To engage participants, she uses the Mentimeter app for a quick check-in on recent self-care practices. Debunking common myths surrounding self-care, Zoia addresses misconceptions such as self-care being a luxury, an act of self-indulgence, requiring full self-love and acceptance before practicing self-care, or being selfish.

  • Self-care is defined by Zoia as the intentional, proactive pursuit of integrated wellness that balances our mind, body, and soul. She emphasizes its essential role in managing stress and maintaining overall health. To clarify the difference between needs and wants, Zoia encourages participants to share their thoughts.

  • Mindfulness and self-awareness are key components of self-care, helping individuals identify their true needs. Mindfulness is the practice of observing thoughts, feelings, and the environment with focus, clarity, and acceptance, while writing forces us to clarify our thoughts and feelings. Seeking feedback from trusted individuals can help increase self-awareness.

  • Physical hygiene and mental well-being are closely connected. Zoia emphasizes the importance of setting personal boundaries as an effective self-care practice for psychological hygiene, involving defining and communicating desired boundaries clearly to others. Setting boundaries helps improve self-esteem, confidence, emotional stability, and relationship quality.

  • Saying no is also crucial in practicing self-care. Using the "yes, yes, no" formula enables us to acknowledge other people's needs while expressing our own empathetically and setting clear boundaries. Developing a positive self-attitude through self-compassion, recognizing human suffering, and practicing kindness to oneself are essential for improved psychological well-being. Gratitude is another powerful tool for emotional well-being, as focusing on the positive counteracts negativity. Practicing gratitude by acknowledging things we appreciate in life increases happiness by boosting serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters.

Conscious choices about time management and prioritizing self-care practices can lead to significant improvements in overall well-being. The session concludes with Zoia encouraging participants to define personal non-negotiables, such as exercise or personal time, and consistently practice them for long-term well-being. 

 

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Zoia Mahjoubi

Self-Care.. : that strengthens your psychological well-being

Zoia Mahjoubi is a Berlin based psychologist working as a trainer and speaker for topics related to mental health, mindfulness based stress management, psychological resilience, and personal development. As the founder of House of Rebel, she is absolutely passionate about coaching young individuals to design a life that actually suits them. 

Zoia Mahjoubi: Self-Care for Well-Being | MentalHealthDay.com

Summary

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Key Learnings

  • Debunking Common Self-Care Myths: Recognizing that self-care is not a luxury, but rather an essential practice for managing stress and maintaining overall well-being, and that it can involve both simple acts and challenging decisions.

  • Setting Personal Boundaries and Practicing Gratitude: Learning how to define and communicate personal boundaries effectively to improve psychological hygiene, and practicing gratitude as a powerful tool for emotional well-being by acknowledging the things we appreciate in life.

  • Developing Self-Awareness and Cultivating Self-Compassion: Understanding the importance of self-awareness in identifying our true needs and developing compassion towards ourselves through practices like mindfulness, writing, seeking feedback, and practicing self-kindness during negative situations.

Interaction

During the expert session, Zoia Mahjoubi engages the audience through various means, including a Q&A session, live demonstrations using the Mentimeter app for interactive exercises, and debunking common myths surrounding self-care.

Participants use the app to share their thoughts on personal hygiene routine and self-care practices they desire to engage with more often. Zoia emphasizes the importance of self-compassion, setting personal boundaries, and practicing gratitude for improved psychological well-being.

She recommends making self-care practices a habit and encourages participants to define their personal non-negotiables for long-term well-being.

Key Learnings

  • Debunking Common Self-Care Myths: Recognizing that self-care is not a luxury, but rather an essential practice for managing stress and maintaining overall well-being, and that it can involve both simple acts and challenging decisions.

  • Setting Personal Boundaries and Practicing Gratitude: Learning how to define and communicate personal boundaries effectively to improve psychological hygiene, and practicing gratitude as a powerful tool for emotional well-being by acknowledging the things we appreciate in life.

  • Developing Self-Awareness and Cultivating Self-Compassion: Understanding the importance of self-awareness in identifying our true needs and developing compassion towards ourselves through practices like mindfulness, writing, seeking feedback, and practicing self-kindness during negative situations.

Interaction

During the expert session, Zoia Mahjoubi engages the audience through various means, including a Q&A session, live demonstrations using the Mentimeter app for interactive exercises, and debunking common myths surrounding self-care.

 

Participants use the app to share their thoughts on personal hygiene routine and self-care practices they desire to engage with more often. Zoia emphasizes the importance of self-compassion, setting personal boundaries, and practicing gratitude for improved psychological well-being.

 

She recommends making self-care practices a habit and encourages participants to define their personal non-negotiables for long-term well-being.

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