I love the idea of self-care. Everyone needs to take care of themselves. It can, however, become somewhat of a burden, when you are struggling just to get out of bed. Those are the days that brushing your teeth seems too hard.
I’ve had those days. I don’t like them, but then who does?
Putting Effort into Yourself
You are worth the effort you put into yourself. Even if it is rolling out of bed at 2 PM and putting on a pair of sweats. That means you’re moving and attempting to put yourself together. This, to me, at least, is a form of self-care.
Bubble baths and face masks are fantastic. I am not knocking them at all. I do a face mask once a week. The self-care that I discuss in this post is a bit deeper.
Questions to ask yourself:
- When was the last time I made an appointment for or went to my annual physical checkup?
- When was my last gynecological/prostate checkup?
- When was my last dental appointment? (I know lots of people hate the dentist, but this is an important one.)
- If you have a chronic medical condition, when was your last appointment for it? (Some have as needed check-ins, like migraine, and if you don’t need appointments for that, then give yourself a pat on the back.)
- If you are in therapy when was your last session? Are you on track?
After answering these questions, take a moment to make a list of the appointments you may need to make. Taking care of your physical and mental health is key. These appointments may not be delightful but you may feel better after.
An Easier Daily Routine
In the midst of a hard time, it can be hard to get out of bed. Motivation can be hard to come by when you feel like there is a mountain of chores and/or work in front of you.
How can you get past those thoughts? How can you do the minimum and still function?
- Give yourself a certain time limit in bed. After that, it is time to get out of bed. That’s it.
- Eat a small meal or snack.
- Try a small task first, like sorting mail or picking an outfit, then build up.
Take a break if this seems to be too much, then come back. If it feels okay, build up to a shower. Maybe try the dishes. The idea is to not push yourself too far because that can create even worse feelings.
The more self-care you do, the better you will feel about yourself, even if you don’t see it at first. In time, you may want to do more.
Expanding The Knowledge
If you do enjoy pampering yourself, manicures and spas might be a good place to go. So are bookstores and parks just to walk around- quiet, peaceful and just as fun.
Self-care is also about finding things that you enjoy and doing them. These activities help combat feelings of stress and depression among other emotions.
I do want to make something very clear: self-care isn’t selfish. This is about doing what you need to so that you are the best person possible. It can even be the steps that occur so you get out of bed.
Take these tips and get a checkup. You and your health are worth it.
Do you have any helpful self-care tips? Feel free to share!
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