Self-care is taking care of your well-being and your happiness during stressful times in your life. Self-care is important for everyone, but for those with mental health conditions it’s an essential part of your treatment. When I was dealing with the worst times with my depression I didn’t have a care in the world about myself or anything around me. Then you add my anxiety and my OCD to the mix and my brain had no clue what it wanted or needed to do. My depression made me want to sleep and not care about a thing. My anxiety wanted to care about everything. My OCD needed me to clean and organize everything around me. My brain was a mess for a long time because I was going without treatment.
If there is one thing I have learned about myself since my diagnosis is I must have structure. I love structure and when I don’t have it I don’t handle it well. I have my schedule set and when something throws it off it messes with me and I have hard time coping with it. This is going to happen because we are all human and not perfect so things aren’t going to go exactly how we want them too. When the stresses of life start to bother me that is when it is important to find something to do to take my mind off of everything and relax.
There are 8 different areas of self-care. There are 4 that I am going to mention are the 4 that I use and that is physical, psychological, emotional and environmental.
Physical self-care. Involves activities that will improve your physical health such as exercise or trying something new like dancing or yoga. This would also include going to the doctor when you are sick or need to be seen for some other medical reason.
Psychological self-care. Involves making time to self-reflect, try to open your mind by going to a museum or art gallery. Learning to say “no” to adding extra work or activities to your list of things to do.
Emotional self-care is one of the most important things you need to do. When you feel yourself getting overwhelmed or stressed take in a few deep breaths. Create boundaries for yourself, it’s your space and others should respect it. Allow yourself to laugh, cry, yell whatever you are feeling, just let it out because once you do you will feel so much better.
Environmental self-care. Having an organized, clutter free home. When you are taking this time you can decide to declutter that junk drawer, or a spare bedroom closet, you can recycle weekly or as often as possible.
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