As I’ve mentioned before I try and do some form of self care each day. This idea comes from The Blurt Foundation who brought us the awesome #365daysofselfcare project (You can read about my experience here). So I thought it was about time I shared some ideas of things to do that count as self care as it’s not always obvious what constitutes self care. It doesn’t have to be big gestures. It can be small as long as you’re putting you first. Self care isn’t selfish though. It helps us help others. It fuels us. So below find my 36.5 ideas (365 different ideas was beyond me, sorry).
1. Have a shower: This, supposedly, simple act can make all the difference. It makes you feel more normal.
2. Have a nap: Naps are amazing. Sometimes a nap can be just what we need.
3. Go for a walk: Getting outside is useful. It seems hard but the exercise can release endorphins.
4. Brush your teeth: This is one I struggle with but it does make me feel better.
5. Take your medication: Always a good thing. It may seem small but it’s still self care.
6. Read: If you have the concentration, taking the time out to read can be therapeutic.
7. Eat something: This is quite important. You need to be nourished to help you feel better. It doesn’t have to be massive or complicated.
8. Put clean bed sheets on the bed: This one takes a little more effort but is there anything better than clean sheets?
9. Put on clean pyjamas: This just helps you feel a bit nicer.
10. Brush your hair: Sometimes this feels the hardest thing to do but it can help us feel more human.
11. Attend medical appointments: Not always easy but it helps if we look after ourselves physically and mentally.
12. Talk to someone about how you feel: Talking is useful if we’re struggling. Or even if your not. Sharing your feelings is a good thing.
13. Wash your hair: This always makes me feel more human, especially when I really don’t feel like doing it.
14. Write: Having an outlet for what you’re feeling is always good or can be useful as a distraction.
15. Watch a movie: This can be a useful distraction. And it can make us feel better if we act opposite, for example watching a comedy when we feel sad.
16. Meet a friend: It can be useful to get out the house and meeting a friend can be a useful reason to get out. If you don’t feel like going out then maybe invite a friend over. You don’t need to talk just be together.
17. Build a pillow fort: Sometimes we need to get in contact with our inner child and what’s better than to make a pillow fort.
18. Catch up on TV: This can be a useful distraction.
19. Play with pets: Animals are an awesome way to make yourself feel better. They are really comforting I find.
20. Paint: Being creative can be a useful way to express yourself.
21. Bake: This can be soothing and you end up with something yummy to eat afterwards. Win, win.
22. Do some colouring: This can help us focus on something and get out of our heads for a while. It can be really relaxing too.
23. Play a board game: It can be nice to cut off from social media and technology for a while. A board game can allow us to do just that.
24. Listen to a podcast or music: These, again, are a good distraction and can quieten the thoughts in our heads.
25. Visit a bookshop: I love being around books. A bookshop can be a really calming place to be as its generally quiet.
26. Drink water: Keeping hydrated is important.
27. Have an early night: Sleep is also important. Having the occasional early night can help us feel better
28. Create a self soothe box: This can be useful to get ready for when you’re distressed or feel awful. It can incorporate things for each of the senses. So that could include a blanket, some nice smelling candles, your favourite treat, etc.
29. Play with Lego: I love Lego. I find it soothing to organise my Lego. But building is just as good.
30. Have a bubble bath: If you want to just lay back and enjoy the warm water then go for it.
31. Go out in the garden: If you have a garden then it’s an easy way of getting fresh air with no social contact.
32. Watch the clouds: While you’re outside, or even through the window, watch the clouds and just focus on the shapes you see.
33. Curl up with a soft toy: Soft toys can be a great way of feeling safe. It’s not childish.
34. Take photos: Focusing on the image you want to capture can be absorbing and allow you out of your mind for a while.
35. Take a break from social media: Sometimes we just need to shut off and it can be helpful to our wellbeing to take a break every once in a while.
36. Sing: You don’t need to be good but just singing can lift your mood.
36.5. Say No: This may be the hardest of the lot. It’s OK to say no to things when they are not in our best interests. It’s not selfish.
So there are a few of my ideas for self care. Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
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