Self-Care Tips to Help You Stay Strong

Family Therapy MAY Blog 01

Overcome Emotional Challenges by Nurturing Yourself 

A few weeks turned into months and now another year is well underway. The pandemic with its lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, continues. While many of us can find ways to keep busy, others may struggle with feeling overwhelmed, hopelessness and feeling isolated. Self-care is more critical now as we have less connections with people, less opportunities to socialize, and many of us are feeling socially isolated. When life becomes overwhelming, following proven self-care tips may improve your mood and reduce your anxiety.

You may need self-care ideas if you are experiencing:

1) Poor sleep patterns, or are sleeping more than usual
2) Increased use of alcohol or drugs (even prescription medication or over the counter sleeping pills)
3) A feeling of being detached from others or less interested in connecting with other people
4) Hopelessness and despair
5) Situations where you find you are more easily annoyed or angrier than usual

These are all signs that you might be overwhelmed or even depressed and you could use some self-care tips and nurturing.

What Can Self-Care Look Like?

  1. Saying NO to excessive demands made on you.
  2. Ordering food instead of feeling pressured to cook.
  3. Getting to bed early or earlier than usual.
  4. Lowering your expectations of yourself.
  5. Learning when to be assertive vs be aggressive or passive
  6. Turning off social media or the TV, to truly rest and relax.

The most important thing about self-care is for you to find ways that make you feel emotionally recharged. Self-care is all about identifying your own needs. And then you focus on yourself and do some activities that nurture your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sometimes we’re so busy trying to solve problems that we become stuck in “doing mode” and we do not know how to stop doing and just “be” taking the mental or physical break we need.

Self-care never involves anything you do not enjoy. What may work for others may not work for you. While your partner or your kids may enjoy watching movies or playing video games, this may not be your thing. You may enjoy having a hot bath but your partner would sooner play the guitar. It is important to accept we experience self-care differently. There is no right or wrong way. And it is OK to spend your self-care time by yourself. If you feel relaxed, calmer and rejuvenated then you are on the right path for your own self-care.

Key Benefits of Self-Care include:

  1. Improves self-compassion and empathy
  2. You will find that you have more physical and emotional energy
  3. Makes you more productive

Life makes demands on us, and most of us try our best to juggle tasks and responsibilities. While this is important, it is also essential to look after our own health and wellness. Contrary to what some of us may mistakenly think, self-care is not being selfish! Don’t let yourself down. YOU are valuable. If you need help and someone to guide you in helping you take care of yourself, we are here for you. Get in touch today.