‘Smiles directed at strangers, cuddles, vivid daydreams, forgotten tasks, crying over a death of a baby bird but unable to cry at your grandfather’s funeral, sunlight streaming through windows, an autumn palette, messy buns, glasses that slide down your nose, half-written stories, sea-foam green, a large coffee mug filled with tea, constellations, window seats, falling asleep in a hammock, fantasy novels, art supplies in glass jars, self-made posters, doodles in the margin, comforting a friend, struggling for the right words, puppies, singing softly to yourself, swallowing angry retorts, the ocean, loneliness, a warmth in your stomach when you look at someone you love, baggy sweaters, quiet forests, hunching your shoulders, being torn two ways, silent screams, fireflies, the smell of cinnamon and apples, a favourite book that has been read so many times that its pages are dog eared and the cover is creased, wishes on eyelashes, feeding stray animals, being gentle but firm, a very eclectic playlist, photographs of happy memories in mismatched frames, dancing down grocery store aisles, a rush of protectiveness when you see someone being treated unfairly, an inner strength that is tapped into on special occasions.’
Have multiple things going on at once! Overwhelm your senses Neutral TV show in the background Play a game on your phone or Read a book Incense burning A fan blowing A podcast or radio goingA crucial part of healthcare. Both preventative in nature and a way of coping after the fact Inclusive Feminism (@IncFeminism on Twitter) just did a self-care thread on Twitter so we thought we’d share the highlights here!
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Any deliberate action you take in order to attend to *your* emotional, physical, or psychological needs..
A crucial part of healthcare. Both preventative in nature and a way of coping after the fact
Completely individual. There’s no right or wrong way to practice self-care.
Image Description: Infographic titled “Inclusive Feminism Presents “Self-Care Guide” The background is a pale teal with lighter polka dots. The infographic is divided into different sections: Physical Self-Care, Emotional Self-Care, Mental Self-Care, and Spiritual Self-Care. The text reads:
Eat foods that make you happy/nourish you
Drink a protein or nutritional shake
Stay hydrated (get the Water Your Body App)
Take needed medications
Engage in activities that feel good
Get sleep and rest as needed
Craft, color, pursue creative outlets
Listen to your favorite music
Spend time with your pets or at an animal shelter
Join a support group or see a therapist
Practice positive affirmations
Read a book
Take a class for free with Coursera
Learn a new skill
Try a new recipe
Try brain teasers
Put together a puzzle
Attend a religious service (if that’s your inclination)
Write a list of things to be thankful for
Move in nature
Observe the stars
(All of the above are customizable and are about what you are able to do and what will help you feel your best!)
Note: I’m aware that there is overlap between all of these sections, just like there is overlap between the different aspects of our lives.
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Have multiple things going on at once!
Overwhelm your senses (in a good, manageable way)
Neutral TV show in the background
Play a game on your phone or
Read a book
A fan blowing
A podcast or radio going
Plan little things to look forward to every day
Find little moments of joy
Spoil yourself in little ways (it doesn’t have to cost any money)
Treat yourself like you would your best friend going through the same situation
Find a Groupon for a massage (you could also find a massage school for deep discounts)
Do a deep cleaning of your environment.
Fix a cup of hot tea
Keep a mood journal (MoodTrack Diary app is recommended and free)
Do something totally spontaneous.
Get away for a few days (go camping, stay with friends or family)
This isn’t an exhaustive list and this won’t cure anything, but I’ve found all of this helpful for my own mental health and for dealing with my severe chronic pain. I hope you found all of this helpful! Feel free to inbox me with any questions!