Some days taking care of yourself is the easiest thing in the world. You wake up after a good night’s sleep, brush your teeth, make the bed, eat a healthy breakfast, go to the gym, take a shower, put on makeup, dress well and head to work where you’re super productive, eat a healthy lunch you packed yourself and spend the evening checking off your chores list like you’re some sort of domestic superhero.
Other days, it can be so difficult to accomplish half of those tasks, or to half ass all of those tasks. On days like these, it’s good to remember that we don’t have to be perfect all the time, and it’s okay to take care of ourselves in a loving manner. Today I’m having trouble not snacking, and instead of beating myself up over it, I’m going to partake in some serious self care. Here’s a list of things I like to do when I’m feeling down and need some “me time”:
Put some comfy pajamas on. Don’t make yourself stay in uncomfortable clothes if you don’t have to. It’s okay to get into sweatpants and slippers if it makes you feel warm and cozy.
Take a walk. Sometimes getting out into the world helps with getting out of your own head. Nature can be amazing and beautiful, and can help you see that the world is not always a dark place, that’s just your mind lying to you.
Write it out. I’m bad at journaling my thoughts, which is why sometimes these things spill out here on my blog. But both ways are okay. Sometimes just writing down your feelings can help get them out of your system and help you move on.
Take a nap or have a bath. Surround yourself in something warm and comforting like a hot bath or a warm blanket and just BE. Feel the warmth envelop you and just be at peace.
Give yourself a manicure or a pedicure. Making a part of yourself extra pretty can help you feel better about yourself, plus focusing on a task that requires your attention can help suppress your negative thoughts.
If a friend of yours was feeling like you’re feeling, what would you tell them to do?
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When I’m having a rough day I will order take-out so that I don’t have to cook. Sometimes it just feels good to have one less thing to deal with and to have the food delivered and ready for me.
On my worst days, I turn up the music! I find singing and dancing along to my favorite songs distract my mind of my worries and I feel better.
Usually when my friends are feeling this way the best thing I can do for them is often just listen. Venting can be cathartic.