Self Care:The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
Self care is all the rage these days, everywhere you look there’s another article about why it is important. The last thing we need is another one, right? But as a relatively recent subscriber to the practice I’m asking you to give it a try.
It’s not a cure all and it won’t cure depression or anxiety but it might just ease your symptoms or lay a foundation for healing. If you’re well, it’ll help you to stay well and know yourself better so you can see when you are slipping before you end up on your proverbial backside in a puddle of muddy gloom. There are so many resources out there for ideas and inspiration of self care.
Here’s my top 10 list of things to do to celebrate you!
- Check In With Yourself Often.
The better we know ourself the easier it is to notice when things are out of sorts. If you’re starting to go downhill, a couple of days rest could be all the difference between a bad patch and a full on crisis. Ask yourself daily, “how am I feeling?” Acknowledge it and give yourself permission to feel what you’re feeling. If you’re not feeling the ticket, do someting kind for yourself.
Have a rummage through your cupboards for things you no longer want, need or use and take it along to a charity shop. Preferably of a cause close to your heart. Bask in the warm glow of a good deed. (Or you could stick it all on eBay and treat yourself with the proceeds).
- Dear Me
Write a letter to yourself. Tell yourself about all the wonderful things you’ve done that you are proud of, all of the positive attributes that make you who you are. You’ll be surprised when you sit and think about it, how much you actually like yourself. If you’re strugging to do it, write to your inner child or childhood self.
Only an arse wouldn’t be able to find something positive to say to a child!
- Be Unsociable.
Believe it or not you are not obliged to go out or socialise with people you’d rather not be sociable with. You don’t owe anyone an explanation or an apology. If you don’t want to do something, put YOU first. It’s OKAY!
We have so many constraints on our time, people pulling us every which way. You matter most, it’s okay to be selective.
- Digitally Detox
As I mentioned in my previous post, shutting myself away from the constant bombardment of the digital age did me the world of good. You don’t have to completely hide yourself away, but do give yourself some genuine “me time” when nobody can contact you, make demands of you or take from you.
- The Obligatory Bubble Bath
No self-respecting Self Care list would be complete without mentioning the all powerful bubble bath.
Like a baptismal font to cleanse our troubled soul. the bubble bath promises to make us whole again! Personally I’m no fan of the bubbles but I’m all about the bath. A few drops of essential oils, candles and a bit of relaxing music and I’m set – assuming I can get in there long enough without JJ banging on the door for a wee (but that’s another story entirely).
- Treat Yourself
Drink the wine, eat the chocolate, order the pizza! Pick your favourite treat and let yourself wholeheartedly enjoy it. No explanation, no justification, just do it. You deserve it.
- Just Be You
Stop comparing yourself to other people. You aren’t them. This includes your former self, you aren’t that person anymore. Let go of any guilt about who you were then or who you are now. You’re fine just as you are. Just keep going! This is actually the hardest one for me. I tend to judge myself harshly, especially the way I look. Yes I know that is the least important part of who a person is, but I am so often angry with myself for not being enough. (I’m lucky enough to be working with a body confidence coach in the near future to help me address this – watch this space).
- Get Out
Go outside and breathe. Take in your surroundings, enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of nature. Get away from everything for 15 minute and just be in the moment. Put some space between yourself and the world and just be still. Listen to your breathing and try and forget everything else, just for a while…just be.
- Belt Out Some Music
Find your favourite, most uplifting music and listen loud! Feel the music, don’t just hear it. Find the most inspiring, energising songs you can and give yourself a daily dose. Your soul will thank you.
So there you have it. My top 10 mood boosting, kind to me, self care techniques to try and stay on track and healthy.
If you have any of your own, share them in the comments…I’d love to hear them.