Self-Care

Hello loves. I hope you all had a good week. My week was busy, seeing as I was in Cleveland again for a couple days. Each time I go to the clinic, it really seems to take a toll on me physically and emotionally…so I’m making sure that I am taking care of myself by getting plenty of rest.

Self-care…this is a phrase that I’ve heard thousands of times, something that I’ve been encouraged to do (especially in previous treatment centers for my eating disorder). At first, I thought self-care was a bunch of bologna. After all, nothing could feel as good as restricting or running for 10 miles, and self-harm was the ONLY way to end pain and anxiety…so I thought at the time. What I didn’t realize then was the importance of self-care and how good it is for one’s health. I know in the beginning I tried some self-care methods and here and there, but it didn’t help much so I just gave up. “What’s the point?” I thought, nothing works as good as the negative coping skills I am used to.

Boy, was I wrong. Little did I know that all it takes is some practice, motivation, determination, and a positive mindset for self-care strategies to work. It has been about 4 or so years since I first learned about self-care/positive coping strategies, and I just started getting the idea a little over a year ago.

The past couple days have been difficult for me. I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety, and just have not been feeling well from the strenuous trip to the Cleveland Clinic. So, I thought it would be beneficial to bring some self-care back into my life and share with all of you some of my best self-care strategies!

So, here goes nothing!

My Self-Care Strategies

  1. blogging: writing is a great way to get my thoughts and feelings out and express myself.
  2. taking a nap: if I’m upset or really tired, taking an hour or so out of my day to take a brief nap always makes me feel better and I wake up refreshed.
  3. taking a shower or a bath: sometimes I just need to be in that hot water and get away from everything for a little while.
  4. using essential oils: putting essential oils such as lavender on my wrists or in my diffuser can really calm me down and ground me when I’m feeling anxious.
  5. snuggling with my puppy: cuddling and playing with my dog Fiona always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel better when I’m upset or not well.
  6. lying down with my weighted blanket: I have a 12 pound weighted blanket that really calms my nerves when I’m worked up.
  7. praying and spending time with God: Sometimes when I am really worked up and upset, if I spend some time talking with God it makes me feel a whole lot better and less alone.
  8. listening to music: listening to music is a great way to un-wind or de-stress.
  9. exercise!!! It releases endorphins to make you feel better.
  10. watch a funny movie or favorite TV show

I hope you enjoyed these posts and that these strategies are helpful! Have a lovely day everyone.

Tell Me: what self-care strategies help you when you are distressed? I would love to hear from you!

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4 thoughts on “Self-Care

  1. Such a great post topic Bella, thanks for sharing your strategies and thoughts on self-care 🙂 I am literally just settling down with a notebook and pen and planning my own self care strategies for the week ahead. Like you I find writing, baths and essential oils very helpful. I also find listening to a mindfulness podcast, making a gratitude list, doodling, lying with my feet up the wall and reading a book helpful oh! and wandering through Pinterest collecting art and positive quotes really relaxes, distracts and soothes me too 🙂 sending you hugs and hope the rest of your weekend is relaxing and restoring, Em

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  2. writing a book, music, lying down like u said, exercising, writing songs, writing thing down each day of the year that were positive things and putting them away to view on bad days, i got watching tv and movie too, i think we had mostly the same ones but i am glad you are taking good care of yourself. self care can be very difficult for someone with a mental illness. not many can understand.

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