Self-care

Self-care sounds like a load of hippy-dippy bollocks. I mean, really? You’ll feel better about yourself, and in yourself, if you take time to nurture your soul? *vomit*. Fact is though, it’s true. Whichever way you frame it, you cannot function or look after others if you don’t look after yourself. Sure, we’re all busy. I, more than most, get that. But taking 5/10 minutes a day to do something purely selfish, something that makes you feel good? We’ve all got time for that. What you do doesn’t have to be earth shattering. It doesn’t have to take huge amounts of energy, or money. In fact the best self-care activities take neither. And if you can do one small thing, every day, it all adds up.

Here are some ideas:

  • Mindfulness – do a 3-minute breathing exercise
  • Take a bath or a hot shower
  • Listen to your favourite song
  • Read a chapter of a book you know and love
  • Write a story/a poem/a blog post
  • Cuddle a cat. Or a teddy. Or your partner if you must :p
  • Have a nice cup of tea/coffee/drink of choice with your feet up

Disclaimer: Of course I’m not suggesting that these things are helpful for everyone, or that a cup of tea magically cures negative thoughts (I don’t work for a crisis team!), but I do firmly believe that *everyone* has some little thing that they can do for themselves – even at the darkest times.

 

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