Self care tips

In honour of mental health awareness month (it’s this month if you didn’t realise) I thought I would share some self care tips. Of course this does not just apply to people struggling with mental health, but to everyone. Realistically though everyone in the world will struggle with their mental health at some point in their life.  It is so important to take care of ourselves and to make sure that we don’t let our busy lives wear us down. So I am going to share some tips I have come up with – hopefully someone will find this useful or it will just remind you to take some time for yourself. However it will be a case of finding a routine that works for you. Either way let’s get started.
  • Take breaks. Whether it is an hour, a couple of hours, a day, a weekend or even a week: take some time for you. It is important for you to take breaks and to make sure you are giving yourself time to recuperate. Try to fill this time with something you love doing and try to incorporate it into your self care routine so you end up spending this time doing something you love on a regular basis. Whether it is going to the gym, reading, video games, painting etc it is important to take time to do things that you love.
  • Make sure to keep hydrated and also make sure you get enough sleep – it is important for your body and overall health. I know I can always tell when I am not drinking enough water as I tend to get headaches and I do not function well if I don’t get enough sleep. If you are a not fan of water maybe try infusing it with your favourite fruit. I don’t really know – water is pretty much the only thing I drink so I don’t have that problem.
  • Get out there and get your heart pumping. Go for a walk, or a run, or go cycling, or go to the gym if that’s your thing. I think it’s nice to just go out for a walk – I know I can sometimes feel completely unmotivated to go out but sometimes it can be beneficial to push through the lack of motivation.
  • Create a little sanctuary for you. This may be your bedroom – make it a place that you love to spend time in and enjoy being there. A calm space you can retreat to if you need to. Fill it with candles (I’m more of a diffuser girl myself), blankets, books, fairy lights, speakers to play music etc. Whatever you want – it’s your space after all.
  • Remember to treat yourself. Whether it’s treating yourself for an achievement or for looking after yourself, it’s important. It is also important to keep aware of your finances as well however – I know when I am in a low period I tend to buy books to make myself feel better. So while it is important to treat yourself, please also be aware of that as well – I recently heard a radio programme about mental health and debt, it was really interesting. It can be something small like a favourite chocolate bar or your favourite meal. Sometimes treating yourself to a nice cup of tea is enough.
  • Write things down. This may be in form of a journal or diary where you can write out your thoughts and feelings to get them out of your head, or it can be where you write everything you need to do each day or3 week to keep you organised. Writing things down can be helpful, it can be therapeutic. I have found it quite helpful to write about my mental health here on this blog.
  • Socialise – now I am not talking about big parties. If you know me at all then you know that I am not a party person and I am very much a home body. However spending time with your family (skyping if you can’t visit) or getting some coffee/tea with friends is great – not only will it help you but it will make your friends/family feel good as well.
  •  It is OK to ask for help. Everyone needs help at some point and it is perfectly OK to ask for it. It is also OK to say no. You know yourself the best so you know when you don’t want to do something or feel overwhelmed.

 

There are eight tips that I hope you find helpful. As always if you have any other suggestions please feel free to leave a comment with it and feedback is always appreciated. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and remember to take some time for yourself this week.
See you next time.

 

Pippa

 

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