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
- blogging: writing is a great way to get my thoughts and feelings out and express myself.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- lying down with my weighted blanket: I have a 12 pound weighted blanket that really calms my nerves when I’m worked up.
- 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.
- listening to music: listening to music is a great way to un-wind or de-stress.
- exercise!!! It releases endorphins to make you feel better.
- 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!