Self Care Looks Like…
“Self care” has become a popular buzz word in the last few years thanks to Millennials. According to Mental Health America, 1 in 5 adults have a mental health condition, and while millennials are experiencing more mental health conditions than generations in the past, according to Big Think, we’re also talking about mental health more openly as well.
Through my personal journey to accepting and treating my own mental health conditions, I’ve become more and more interested in self care routines so that I can learn to take better care of myself. Below is a list of what self care looks like. I hope these ideas can help you, reader. I know it’s helped me.
Self Care Looks Like…
Paying extra to get your hair shampooed at the salon.
Pasta for dinner.
Grocery shopping in the produce aisles.
Tears and a runny nose; not holding back any emotion and just letting it flow.
Indulging in a second glass of wine.
Saying “no” to alcohol altogether.
Not talking to anyone so you can recharge.
Breathing exercises during a stressful time.
Keeping your toenails painted.
A bubble bath while listening to nostalgic music.
Working out and eating healthy while not depriving yourself of the foods you love.
Taking a mental health day off from work.
Saying “no” to things you don’t want to do.
Cleaning up your friends’ lists on social media.
Saying “yes” to exciting opportunities, even though you’re afraid.
Drinking tea while wrapped up in a soft blanket.
A Doctor Who marathon.
Disconnecting from electronics.
Connecting with friends and family.
Surrounding yourself with nature.
Getting lost in a good book; one you’ve read before or a new one.
A creative outlet without pressure.
Organizing the physical space around you.
A trip to the beach, to listen to crashing waves and feeling the sand underfoot.
Entertainment: playing video games, binge-watching a good tv show, or going to the movies.
Asking for help in a time of need.
Self care looks like a lot of different things to a lot of different people. But the most important thing is that we take care of ourselves.
What types of things do you do for self care?
Special thanks to: Ethan, Chasity, Hattie, Walter, D, Sharon, Caitlin, L.F., Heather, Erin, Jess, Kathy, Roberta, Elizabeth, Emily, Andrea, Mariah, Sylvia, Josh, Lucy, Beth, and Linda for sharing their own personal self care routines, which are among those in the list.