In honour of my self-care week I have been doing some reading around the subject (links at the end of this post) to determine what self-care is and what is generally considered helpful in the arena of self-care.
Self-care is any action we take as an individual to enhance our physical, emotional and mental health. It encompasses a huge range of activities, from eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping yourself clean to activities that make you feel great about yourself.
Blurt have many excellent ideas on self-care, but this article covers the basics.
9 No-Nonsense Self-Care Ideas
- cleaning ourselves
- getting a balanced diet
- set a routine – sleep routine, morning/night time routine, set meal times, scheduled exercise… a routine can be a great help in tackling a lack of motivation
- cleaning our home – let’s just skip past that one!
- socialising – whether face to face, telephone or text conversation, human connection often boosts our mood
- letting the outside in – fresh air, sunlight, nature, just opening the window is a start
- exercise – we all know it’s a good mood booster!
- let it out – find an outlet to release your emotions; writing, drawing, punching a cushion, whatever suits you
- escape – immerse yourself in a book or film, focus your attention on a craft activity or word puzzle… allow your mind to escape for a while
Mind encourage you to take part in therapeutic activities of relaxation, mindfulness and connecting with nature, also to build activities into your day that make you happy. Whether it’s meeting with a friend or digging the garden, adding enjoyable activities to your day is a great way of improving your mood.
The netdoctor article suggests keeping a diary and noting how your mood varies with what you eat or what you are doing. It also suggests engaging in activities that are achievement, pleasure or relaxation oriented.
And finally, the blog post of 50 ways to practice self-care… awesome!
I’m definitely going to do:
2. pet other’s animals in public,
11. sit outside and stare at the sky,
28. pick up a new book that you’re excited about,
47. blast music that matches your mood,
50. use a nice scented lotion.
In fact I’ll make these my day 3 goals 🙂
And the wonderfully titled blog from Ginelle Testa:
50 ways to practice self-care when your mental health is crap