Self- care is a big topic online nowadays and although it is one of my favourite trends to have ever hit our screens (an open conversation about looking after yourself? Yes please!) it can be trivialised or even glamorised at times.
There are some times when having a Lush bath and pampering yourself just won’t do. Or maybe it will do but you need so much more too! In desperate times of need there are certain things that I’ve found can help me centre myself, relax and attempt to move forward and I thought I’d share them with you today.
Please note: if you are desperately struggling and things feel too much, please speak to a professional. There are useful links at the end.
- Make a cup of tea
- Brush your teeth
- Get up from where you are and go to a different room
- Drink a pint of water
- Wash your face
- Have a body shower
- Write it down
- Eat something
- Play music
- Have a nap
- Watch TV
- Tell someone how you’re feeling
- Go for a quick walk around the block
- Have a hug with a trusted person
Whenever you feel like you need it, return to this list and see what you can do to help yourself right now.
I’m aware that some of these acts may seem a little trivial, but these are the immediate things I turn to when I’m in need and they have instant results. I know they will not cure you but they may make things a little easier, a little more bearable in the moment.
What do you to turn to when you need self-care?
I hope this helped. If you do need further support, please check out the links below.
(Inspiration) Emergency Self Care: Lucy Moon
What is Self-Care Anyway? (useful links in here too)
Questions to Ask Yourself When You Feel Bad: Muchelle B
7 Cups: Free online therapy/listening service
The Samaritans: 116 123 (UK)
Mind: The Mental Health Charity