Self-care is a big thing in the mental health community. There are loads of videos, blog entries and challenges for it.
This is understandable for several reasons, and I’ll give the ones that correspond to my own case.
When I do self-care, I practice self-love, in the sense that I deem myself as worthy of these acts, big and small.
Regaining self-esteem has been a life-long struggle. Recovery isn’t magic, but efforts, setbacks and more efforts, until you can find yourself again after trudging in all this mud.
The idea for this post is directly inspired from Meg’s post but I’ll assign different words than hers to fit my own self-care routines, as follows:
I dabble in the arts (drawing, sketching, painting and sculpture).
Balancing my time between each activity and interest.
Creative outlets: apart from art, I also write (notebooks for therapy, blogs for self-expression, reviews, mental health and lifestyle), digital photography and more rarely, editing photos to artistic forms.
Drinking plenty water, teas (mostly herbal but occasionally black, green, variants thereof), coffee but not too frequently as it exacerbates my anxiety if I have it too often.
Entertainment: watching movies, tv shows (usually dvds we own or borrow), more rarely documentaries.
Friendships are vital for me, despite social phobia, I need to socialize and meet friends for support, exchanging viewpoints and enriching one another’s world.
Games offline video games on pc, console, and back in the day at the arcades, have been some of my favorite pass-times, alongside board games to play in person with family and friends alike. I also love the more educational video games, for example those that I’m able to learn Chinesewhile playing.
Home is my refuge, that one place where I can stay in to avoid either bad weather, or from going out when I don’t like it. Home is also that place to receive friends for some of my other self-care routines.
Very wide intellectual pursuits and interests.
I joined a community of wonderful mental health bloggers to spread awareness in unity and strength.
For the full post, go to www.mhstories.com ❤️