This week I am talking about how to compose your own Self Care list. This is for everyone, to make sure your mental health is doing well and it enables you to rest your mind in a busy world. Over the last year I have been making mine – taking off and adding on items – and no doubt you will too, as your life changes. I put my self care first, because I never used to, and I could see the dramatic changes it made my health, my work ethic, and my relationships. Now I can be my full self because I know I have filled my health back up (nice video game reference huh huh huh).
Here is my list, and it will be similar or very different. The point of me sharing mine is to get started with yours. It can be in your mind, or on a piece of paper, or on your phone. The main thing is to try fit in as many things as you can with the time you have, even if you are a full time parent or work 40 hours a week.
- I play games on my phone. There are 4 games i play every day, and throughout the day, and its a nice break for my brain, being at a computer all day. They are silly games that help me relax and unwind.
- Reading. I love to read, and have recently taken it back up. If I’m stressed, it can take me awhile to settle down into the book – but I very much liken it to meditation, as you get absorbed in the story and it stops your mind racing.
- Meditation. I do this as often as I can, and am now at the point when I know exactly when I need it, such as when I’ve had a busy day, or am stressed about something happening. There are many great apps out there to help!
- Yoga. I do Yoga as my main form of exercise to help my back and gain strength. More often I do it to be focused on the practise of it and stop worrying about my to do list. It really pushes me to strengthen my muscles and also gets my breathing to a good standard, which as people with anxiety know, this is very hard to get under control.
- Pamper Night. I do a weekly pamper night where I get the face mask on, moisturise, paint nails, shower, bath, wash hair, all things to make me feel I am floating on air by the end! Taking the time to take care of yourself is very important and if you do it right before bed it means you are more relaxed and sleep better, plus you know that you look great for the next morning!
This is my surefire ways of making sure I look after myself before I look after anyone else, as I can’t help with a half filled cup. Choose your own self care list, and don’t be afraid to get right to the heart of what you like, whether its a nerdy hobby, a lavish beauty salon treatment, or reading trashy books. You know what you need to function and get on with your own day and its challenges, so it’s important it makes you happy.
What’s on your list? I’d love to know!
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