Self-Care in Times of Hardship
Self Care is a term that is around a lot in today's society. Most times, when people are talking about self-care, the only things that are spoken about are face masks or Lush bath bombs; don't get me wrong I love face mask and bubble baths as much as the next girl, but is that really self-care? When I started thinking about this, I wanted to actually google what "Self Care" is, and it is as follows- the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health. Going directly off this definition, we as a society need to change the notion of what self-care is! Self-care is incredibly important all the time and is especially important when you are going through a hard time. I thought it might be helpful to some if I list out different methods of self-care for both your mental and physical health.
For Physical Self Care:
These can be small acts, but they can completely change the mood that you are in a short amount of time! Exercising! This can be so helpful by just moving for a minute. If a minute seems like a long time, do a few seconds. I once heard someone say that everything worth doing is worth only doing half of it! I like this saying because I know it can be tough to start something, so just do a few seconds! Probably the most important one is sleep. If you do sleep, nothing will feel good for you. Sleep is so important!!
For Mental Self Care:
The first and most important one is to learn that it's not selfish to say, "no!" Saying no to things occasionally is so essential for your mental health. While this shouldn't be a thing that you always do, saying no to things can be freeing and helpful just to take some time for yourself. The second is to pick up a new hobby such as sewing, crocheting, or even coloring in adult coloring books. This can just be helpful to free your mind of anything that is worrying you. The third is that if you need to do tasks, create a system for rewarding yourself after small tasks, this can keep you on task and more motivated to do things that are necessary to do.
For emotional Self Care:
Many different things are essential for emotional self-care. The first being to allow yourself to feel and express all of the feelings that you are feeling. It's so important to handle all of those feelings because having your emotions suppressed can be very harmful. The second is to learn 4-8-7 breathing; this is inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 8 seconds, and exhaling for 7 seconds. This can help you calm down and deal with pain if needed.
All of these self-care types are crucial for both dealing with chronic illnesses and in daily life.
These are also important for dealing with any kind of hardships too. I hope this blog helps anyone that needed it!