Lately I have been ill. I’ve had that horrific virus that is going around that makes you cough up your guts and leaves you chocking on your own breath. My temperate has been up and down. I’ve had hot sweats and cold sweats. I’ve felt sick and dizzy. It hasn’t been very pretty. At all.
As a result of being ill, my mental health plummeted. I mean it doesn’t help that this happened at the same time I came off my anti-depressants, but still I became very stuck in a toxic rut. I was wallowing and none of my coping mechanisms were helping, plus I didn’t really have the motivation/energy to distract myself or really try. In fact, it was much easier to wallow and dwell on all the negative thoughts in my head.
After a few days though, when I started to get over the worst of my virus, I thought I’d treat myself to a bubble bath. That bubble bath lead to me applying a face mask and relaxing in the bath for a while, and then I ended up shaving my legs, which was something that had been neglected for a while I’ll be honest. After that I felt it only be right I changed my bedding and had a quick tidy of my room, after all I had been rotting in bed for days! And let’s be real, there is no greater feeling than freshly shaved legs in fresh, clean bedding. I then decided to light some candles and read a book. Granted I only managed about 3 pages before my eyes and head decided that was more than enough and I had to take some more pain killers, but still. One small act of self care turned into so much more and I felt extremely positive after and in a much more rational, less stressed piece of mind. Not to mention, clean and fabulous. Despite my achy body, snotty nose, huge eye bags and swollen face.
My point is, I felt more human. More alive. More myself.
It confirmed, and reminded me of the importance of self care. Self care comes in many shapes and sizes, whether it is something as simple as a bath, go cloud watching, taking a nap or snuggling with your pet.
Self care is extremely important for your mind, body and soul. It only takes a little bit of attention to your own self-care, for the fog to lift. You’ll feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. You’ll delight in small pleasures, and nothing will seem quite as difficult as it did before.
Below I’ve made a list of 32 Self Care ideas to incorporate into your daily lives.
- Take a nap.
- Listen to music, dance and sing.
- Take your dog for a walk.
- Enjoy nature.
- Go outdoors and soak up the sun.
- Take a bath.
- Minimalize your belongs/space.
- Read a book.
- Watch a film.
- Avoid overusing social media.
- Light candles.
- Visit somewhere you enjoy.
- Cry if you need too.
- Talk to friends and/or family.
- Say no to things you don’t want/need to do.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Do something creative.
- Bake something yummy and then enjoy eating it.
- Start a journal.
- Tidy up.
- Treat yourself. Whether it’s to a hot chocolate, a book, flowers, anything.
- Watch ASMR videos.
- If you don’t want to do anything, then don’t. Just relax and stare into space if you want too.
- Sign up to a local or online class about something you are passionate about or even just something you are interested in.
- Do something spontaneous.
- If you can’t do anything, some days just brushing your teeth is enough.
- Find some me-time every day.
Remember, self care is not self indulgence. It is self respect.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha.
What are your self care tips and tricks?
Peace and Love, Sian.