So often in this busy 24/7 world we live in, little things that make us feel human can get lost in the rush. Sometimes it feels like there’s no happy medium between the extremes of the constant whirl of the daily grind and those days when you want to hide under the covers. Reconnect with your best self using these five acts of self care.
1. Write A Diary/Journal/Blog
Writing without rules or a deadline can be very therapeutic; a creative outlet for expressing a tangle of thoughts in your head. Pick out a pretty notebook or just open up your laptop, go all out with mermaid stickers and glitter or grab a wad of post-its; there is no wrong way to approach this, and if you prefer you can doodle, journal or share everything you write with the world in blog form. The page is yours.
2. Care For A Plant
Sometimes the thing that gets us up in the morning is knowing someone else is relying on you. With a pet or family member, that responsibility can sometimes feel like a burden, but with a houseplant, you only need to put in a little bit of time and effort to reap the rewards. There’s something very satisfying about picking a small plant and potting it up, watching it grow, and if you’re lucky, bloom. The added bonus of brightening up your house really makes you feel as though Spring is just around the corner, and with the current vogue for cacti and succulents you can be bang on trend with the lowest of maintenance.
3. Go To A Café
Just getting out the house and doing something as simple as ordering a hot drink can feel like a massive achievement somedays. Sometimes breaking that barrier of speaking to someone else, even if it’s only to ask for a marshmallows with your hot chocolate, can just make all the difference when you’re feeling isolated. Take along a book to read, or a notebook to write in, or you can just people watch. The journey to a local café can also be really therapeutic in itself. Even better, see if you’ve got a cat café near you, and spend an hour sharing some kitty love; I can guarantee you won’t regret it!
4. Find A Tool For Self Reflection
This can be journaling as mentioned earlier, or meditation (there are some great apps out there if you’re not sure where to start), or something completely different! I have got into reading tarot, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I use the cards as a tool for self reflection, and it’s a great way to take some time out from the world and analyse my thoughts and feelings in a creative, non-judgemental way. There are some great online courses and websites devoted to tarot reading, if it intrigues you. All these tools are fantastic when you feel anxious, overwhelmed, or need to organise your thoughts before bed.
5. Know When You Need A Break (And Take It)
Too often we push ourselves beyond our limits, only stopping when we completely breakdown. Much as it’s good to push your limits, learn to recognise when you’re feeling delicate and know that it’s perfectly fine to check out for a moment and gather yourself. Whether this is during a difficult conversation, or after a crappy day at work, allow yourself to stop and pour a cup of tea, or take a hot shower, or go for a walk, or watch one episode of that sitcom. The better you feel, the more you have to give to yourself and others. You deserve it.
Words by Heidi Teague
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