Do you find that many of the situations you have to face are beyond your capacity to bear? Are you rocked by powerful emotions that leave you feeling rudderless and out of control? Many people feel that way some of the time, and some of us feel that way most of the time. However, there are practical self-care techniques that you can implement in your day to day life that can have a surprisingly large effect on your feeling of wellbeing and ability to cope.
Practicing self-regulation is a way of signaling to your brain that you are aware that you need care and that you are going to make care happen. Making use of your Self-Care Plan on a regular basis helps create equipoise and the sense that you can manage, even when difficult emotions and situations arise.
What is a self-care list?
A self-care list is a simple list of activities that can be done on a regular basis taking from five minutes to one or two hours, depending on what time you can make available.
These activities are ones that will be caring and simple. They are ones that you do for yourself.
Below are examples of activities that could be on your own list. Self-care engages the five senses of touching, seeing, hearing, smelling and tasting. They might not look like much, but this kind of self-care provides profound results.
Self-care tips for your mental health
- A 15-minute walk in nature
- A 5-minute window of time to stare out the window without thinking or planning
- A 10-minute cuddle time with your favorite animal friend
- A hot bubble bath, maybe with candles and music
- Smell some beautiful flowers and take delight in their fragrance.
- A special treat – perhaps a healthy meal that you plan for yourself and that will nourish your body.
- A pedicure or manicure
- A massage
- Make a fire and sit close to the heat
- Watch a funny video and let yourself loose with a full belly laugh
- Take delight in a hot cup of fragrant tea
- Take 15 minutes to draw in your Doodle Diary. Make your own self-care list.
Make your own self-care list
Put at least 6 items on your list. Schedule time in your calendar to do at least three of them (they can be the same three!) each week.
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