The best part about self-care is that it’s unique – whatever makes you feel happy, uplifted, encouraged, motivated, heard, activated, enriched, relaxed – that’s what you can incorporate. As you can easily tell, self-care is meant to help you feel good about yourself. As Oprah Winfrey stated,
“The best way I know for sure to [keep moving forward] is to take care of yourself. To feed yourself with love and loving thoughts. To eat food that’s delicious to you and your body. To engage in loving practices, like giving yourself the gift of stillness at least five minutes a day. To surround yourself with people who bring you light, and to banish all forms of negative energy.”
Self-care isn’t just for those with mental illness; it’s for everyone. However, at times, those of us with mental illness must focus harder on truly implementing self-care each day, because having depression, anxiety, etc. can often cause us to avoid the very things we need most. The following are some wonderful ways to practice self-care:
- Take an amazing shower.
- Get all dressed up and go see a play.
- Give yourself the loving words and advice that you would give to a friend.
- Listen to music that uplifts and encourages you to make the most of your day.
- Practice meditation to ground yourself.
- Do something creative – draw, paint, build, cook, etc.
- Write your thoughts down in a journal, just so that your mind can be clearer.
- Take a long walk and notice all the beauty around you.
- Allow yourself to let go of past hurts and feel completely content in what is happening in the now.
- Create a daily mantra (ex. “I am beautiful and wonderful, and I deserve to love and be loved”) and tell this to yourself every day, whether you “feel it” or not.
These are only just a few and they may seem like “small” steps, but they are powerful. Mental Health America states that practicing self-care can boost your ability to deal with stress, solve problems, think flexibly, fight disease/illness, create joy and satisfaction, feel emotionally strong, build connections, help others, connect with yourself, and so much more. No matter what you are going through, make the decision to practice self-care today. You deserve it.
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