This is my first post with my new MacBook. So, I thought I would make it a good one! In my last few sessions with my Therapist, we discussed Self-care and how I need to focus on that a little bit more. I decided to look at the 10 things I do personally for Self-Care to ensure that I am taking care of myself during the times of high Anxiety/Depression
- Writing is an important piece in my self-care. When I am having a rough day I find writing is the best thing for me to work out my thoughts, help get things out of my head and essentially document my struggles so I keep track of the good and bad days. I don’t show my writing to a lot of my friends, and that is simply because I don’t want to have to answer more questions and have concerned friends.
- There is therapy in writing and I feel odd when I don’t get a chance to write a blog post, the thoughts stay in my head which causes my brain to overfill with all of these thoughts, problems, and anxiety.
- Live Music
- The second piece of my self-care is Live Music, I need to get a fix of live music at least once or twice a week. Just simply being at a pub or concert venue and watching the guitar solos, the drum beats. It just a good way to feel better. Music is a huge part of my self-care and helping me cope with my anxiety. I feel at a loss when there are weeks without live music. I crave it just as much as someone craves a chocolate bar.
- Playing an Instrument
- Within the last year and a bit, I picked up an acoustic guitar and started learning how to play. I found that this helped me stay grounded when I was experiencing high anxiety. If I was anxious, and I couldn’t sit still because the anxious thoughts would fill my mind, I would pick up my guitar and learn a new song. There was just something about playing my guitar that has helped me out in so many anxious situations.
- Listening to Music (Spotify, Apple Music)
- When I can’t experience Live Music, or Play my Guitar the next best thing is listening to music. I mostly do this at work when I am feeling stressed out and anxious. Depending on the day, my music tastes will change, its mostly old 70s rock or classics.
- Laughing is a key factor in Self-care, being surrounded by people who make you laugh instantly help to make me feel better. It helps keep my mind off things and of course, there are some internal chemical improvements when you laugh and essentially feel happy.
- This is new on the list before I was never really a camper. I often chose to miss out on camping trips because of the hassle. Now I crave them. I enjoy a quiet camping trip with close friends. Where we can sit outside in the fresh air, around the camp fire and just feel relaxed. It’s now apart of the self-care list, at least for the summer months
- Walks on the Beach hearing the waves
- This is essential, I find that when I’m having a crummy week I just want to walk the beach, hear the waves and smell the salt water. I luck out that I live around a lot of nice beaches so this really helps with keeping me calm and helping me feel relaxed.
The last three on the list of my top 10 things I do for self-care are ones I struggle with and I often sacrifice one of them for the other.
- I barely sleep which affects my self-care, however, when I am able to rest my weary mind from doing the one of the first 7, I find I can focus on sleep. On the weeks that I can sleep, I feel better and I feel as though I can handle what is thrown at me. On the weeks that I can’t, this self-care suffers the most.
- Healthy Eating
- I try to eat as healthy as possible, when we cook meals at home there is always a protein, vegetable and often a carb. I find that having a balanced meal really helps. I do however struggle with eating breakfast and often settle for a cup of black coffee. I still think healthy eating is a good part of a self-care regimen
- Lastly, Exercise is a crucial part of self-care that I have often neglected, however when I was an active gym goer I really felt great. I felt like the hormones being released from exercising help my anxiety and depression, allowed me to concentrate at work and help with the previous two self-care ( sleep and healthy eating). Right now this is piece isn’t happening.. but all in due time and when this knee injury fully heals.
There you have it, folks, my 10 things for Self-Care. I am really trying to stay on the wagon and keep Self-Care apart of my daily routine and if not daily at least weekly. I always thought self-care was some baloney that people said they needed to do, I never really believed it until I started to talk about it with my therapist.
I finally understand the importance of self-care and I hope everyone practices Self-care regardless if they struggle with mental health issues or not.
The Anxious Mind.