Is there anything that you do that makes you feel good today?, Actually forget good. Thats a boring word. If you can sit there and say today my day was, what imaginative word would you use. Mine, Today my day was unique!
I had a massive anxiety attack because I had the dentist, I hate the dentist. I literally was fine all morning, I got to the waiting room and that was it. I couldn’t control my panic attack.
I know how easy it is to become blind to the positives in life, Especially when it comes to our mental health. Even when there good things staring at us right in the face, sometimes, for no reason at all, and for no fault of our own, we let our anxiety or depression win.
I have recently become addicted to those books, that I suppose fall into the Self-help category at Waterstones! (Not that I actually go to the actual book shop, its definitely about Amazon Prime buying!)
I love the quotes and inspiration that you can adopt from these books, sometimes I could be reading a few paragraphs of something, and think crap! this is me! Anxiety overtaking comes naturally to me. Its not just about the words, it will be ok, is not always good enough, and our actions influence everything, especially how we feel.
Looking after your own mental health isn’t just about how you feel on what day, and it is definitely not about just talking it through, our actions and mindset put together has a massive impact on our lives on a day to day basis.
So as January is is the month for talking fresh goals, being positive and having an even better year than the last one, These things I class as self care for me, everyone is different, so although they may not work for you, I hope some of my ideas help someone!
Bubble Bath, Bath Bombs, Candles and maybe a little wine!:
When its been a long day, or when your feeling a bit down, or just for no reason at all. It’s more about the giving yourself time to relax, chill, and let any stress, threats or anxiety fade.
It doesn’t matter what your creativity is, always take the time to actually do it! It could be spending hours with your drawing books, or colouring pad, or something a bit more technical. I literally surround my self by different hobbies and crafty things, I love the feeling of accomplishment for what ever you’ve achieved, is enough. Plus somethings are a great distraction, like colouring!
Surround yourself with Colour, Beauty, and your favourite things:
I always say that my favourite colour is glitter, Its shiny and so pretty. It makes me feel content! If its not glitter, its pink, its colourful. When you surround yourself by the things you love, you will always find something that will be able to make you happy.
Make your favourite hot drink, in your favourite mug:
I have a million mugs (a bit of an exaggeration, kinda) but I defenitly have my fav, I love using.
Spend more time on you:
Spending time on you could be absolutely anything,It could be spending an evening pampering yourself, with Hair treatments and painting your nails, to spending a few hours with your favourite book Giving yourself ‘me time’ is such a vital thing that makes us all feel good. As long as your going some thing that is making you feel happy, then what ever it is it’s a good thing!
Visit your favourite place:
Last year me and Em have had Marwell Zoo passes, and we are definitely going to be renewing them for another years access to the Zoo, its given us the excuse to get out and more active, and I’m hoping to use it even more this year. If its not Marwell, its bournemouth beach. We’ve created so many amazing memories on days just out and relaxing. Make a list of your favourite places and make sure you take every possible opportunity to go!
My anxiety always seems to go out of control when I don’t feel organised enough, whether its arranging something, or just something general. Making lists, adjust your routine, using reminders, sticky notes, and updating my calendar always seems to make me feel better. I would always make this a suggestion when things seem to be manic.
What are your tips for self care that makes your day to day routine? It could be something you do everyday! or once in a while! what ever it is, I’d love to hear your ideas!