A Toolkit for Self-Care

Whether you suffer from full-blown anxiety or depression, or whether you (like every other human being) feel down from time-to-time, learning what makes you happy is a recipe for helping you feel a little better.

I’m not saying that lighting a candle or eating chocolate crispy-cakes will cure your depression, but if these things make you happy, they will certainly make a difference.

I’ve been in and out of relationships since I was 14.  At 28, that’s half my life.  And over the last 14 years, I’ve learnt that taking time for myself is essential for my well-being and I’m a better partner, friend, daughter and sister as a result.

Whilst this isn’t a definitive guide, and it certainly won’t suit everyone, it might inspire you to think about what makes you feel whole and happy.

  • A cup of tea

Painfully British, but a cup of tea is such a simple way to warm your insides.  Tumeric tea will energise you and builders’ tea with almond or oat milk is so comforting.

  • Fresh air and a walk

For me, a work-out or a yoga session doesn’t do it (I just feel relieved the exercising is over), but being outside in the fresh air and going for a walk does wonderful things to my mental health – particularly if I’m working things out in my mind.

  • Speaking with someone

Talking through what’s worrying me with someone I know will listen and provide good advice is invaluable.  Often, this is my mum or my sister with personal problems, or my dad with practical problems in my career.

  • Pampering

A bath, candles, shaving your legs just for yourself, a face mask, painting your fingers and toes and lathering your body with essential oils is heavenly.

  • Writing

Some people like to write in a journal, I enjoy blogging.  If writing is your thing, find a way to get your stresses down; sometimes the act of writing helps you to organise your worries, get some perspective and find a solution.

  • Organising / De-cluttering

Cleaning the house or clearing out a cupboard can help to form a clear mind.


What’s in your toolkit for self-care?


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