How to Self Care

After a week that, for some weird reason, caused me to breakdown yesterday, I spent to day trying to fix my brain. It didn’t work 100% but I no longer feel like I am drowning in commitments, so there’s that, at least.

Today wasn’t my usual self care routine, but there are some things that remain consistent when ever I try and take care of myself.

 

Eat.

I know that when I get bad, the first thing that falls aside is food. I am more likely to eat junk, or skip meals; I have been known to eat nothing but an entire tube of Pringles for a day. So when me and my house mates accidentally ended up ordering pizza last night, it at least meant I would have tea, and food for today as well.

 

Do something productive.

I know lots of self-care related posts that say to stay in bed, watch films or tv, have a bath, read a book… and I’m sure those things work for certain people. But, for me, doing nothing productive all day is likely a symptom of my mental illness, and giving in to that will only make it worse. So even if it’s Facebook messaging friends about interviews, or taking notes on LGBTQ+ history, so long as I make a step towards my degree work, I’m breaking the cycle.

 

Have a shower.

It makes me feel more alive, like I have achieved something, and that I have something worth completing coming up in the day.

 

Do something fun.

I know what I said about work and all, but when I start to feel overwhelmed again; which will definitely happen, I like to play video games. Completing a few tasks in game, weirdly, does feel like doing something productive.

 

Blog.

Telling you guys holds me responsible.I’m making something, putting something into the world that didn’t exist before, and I feel all the better for it. It’s one of the reasons I post so much when things do get bad.

This probably won’t work for everyone, but this is what tends to get me out of my slump.

 

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