I was reading an article on Psychology Today titled, ‘Why Self-Care is Hard for Depressed Individuals’ and it inspired me to share a bit of vulnerability as I wrap up my night.
In an older blog post, I mention that I struggle with mental illness, specifically Major Depression & PTSD. Ever since that post I have been taking my strides to rid my shames creatively and speak openly about my personal experiences with my mental illness. Which brings me to this current blog post – I discovered that my self-care was close to non-existent and completely overlooked.
I’ve had to take a step back to re-wire my personal goals, focus, and intentions recently. I noticed that I had been skimping on my self-care, so much lately that I’ve fallen into the comfortable dark trap of resenting life – that’s when I knew I had to adjust something. #Depression #ItHappens 🤷🏻♀️🖤🙃
Over the past couple of months, I’ve struggled to embody the importance of Self-Care. My personal habits were being compromised such as eating, sleeping, and focus/attention. I found myself getting easily triggered during work and emotionally exhausted throughout my days. After discussing with a therapist at my side helping me clarify my thoughts/efforts – I decided that I needed to reset, re-organize my priorities and most importantly focus a tad more on my mental health. #noshame #endthestigma
I need to remember more often that Self-Care is nothing to be ashamed of and is worth making a priority. So I’ve officially blocked off areas in my schedule to practice Self-Care on a regular basis and hopefully strengthen my ability to live relentlessly without interfering shame.
I’ve made a list of Self-Care Activities I am beginning to take more seriously & keep practicing…
- Practice Yoga
- Get a Massage
- Read a Book
- Listen to Music
- Watch a Favorite Movie
- Free Write
- Call A Friend
- Meet for Coffee/Tea
- Go for a Walk
- Get a Manicure/Pedicure
- Write Affirmations
- Paint Your Nails
- Eat a Meal You Enjoy
How often do you practice your Self-Care? What kind of activities provide healing for you?