I once heard that we can’t believe everything our mind tells us. It certainly sounds like something mind boggling in itself. But in a bustling world it’s easy to become distracted and fall victim to the mind’s darker side of endless thoughts.
I’ve mentioned previously that I suffer with anxiety and probably another illness I’ve yet to be formally diagnosed with (I may share in the near future). But the strain of being mentally exhausted is almost as hard as physical exhaustion, in my honest opinion.
My brain never feels at ease or at rest and it’s hard to switch off at night. Insomnia is something I am currently dealing with and it’s triggered me to find ways to help promote happy feelings within me. Induce laughter, to start to re-do the hobbies I enjoyed previously and just live in the moment all of which can get lost in the vast array of our lives.
Today, I want to share with you a list of things I’ve researched that are going to help you with self-care. Spending time doing something at any point of the day or evening that brings you a little bit of joy. Stopping and just being for a moment. Whether it be snuggling with your cat, taking your dog for a walk or practicing some yoga, these are all ways that can bring you back to the present moment. Each activity will be unique to the persons desires as we all have different hobbies that give us feel good vibes.
- Listen to a podcast of your interest
- Adult colouring books
- Create a playlist of music you enjoy listening to
- Go to the library
- Read a book
- Sit in a coffee shop and people watch or read
- Journal your thoughts, goals and dreams
- Go to the gym
- Join a book group or local activity group that interests you
- Learn to do something new
- Give yourself a mani + pedi
- Burn your favourite candle
- Watch your favourite show/childhood movie
If you’re suffering with any type of hardship it’s important to remember this; self care is not lazy or selfish.
It’s important and healthy.
These are just some of the options I have listed in my journal. When I start to feel anxious, I look to one I can do right then, right there in that moment and focus my attention to it.
I hope that these suggestions bring you some peace of mind when you’re struggling with anything. You are not alone in your feelings.
What do you do to take care of yourself when you’re feeling low?
Remember to love yourself and love your health.