Nourishing Self Care During Stressful Times
Nourish Yourself in Every Way
Believing that you’re worthy taking care of your needs is a big step to committing to your health and well-being. When you feel that you’re a truly worthy recipient of self love, you’ll automatically start prioritizing and paying attention to the things that fuel your body, mind, and soul. If you are waiting for some magical moment before you give yourself this type of treatment I’m here to give you permission. Stop waiting, take care of yourself. If you feel overwhelmed with options or like you can’t even figure out how to do this, I’m going to share some ideas with you. Use what feels good for you, leave the rest.
Establish Your “Me Time” Zone
Even five minutes of quality “me time” is an valuable way to practice self-care. How you get there is a personal choice - some people use meditation, mindfulness, coloring books, or their favorite music, for example. Anything that helps you to be present and focus your mind counts.
Put Gratitude to Work
If you’re not engaging in methods of self-care, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to other people. This can be toxic for your mental health and is the opposite of self-care. It can be a hard one to break if you’ve been in this mindset for a while but one way to do this involves gratitude.
Get into the habit of feeling grateful for all of the good things that you have in your life, whether that is health, a loving family or good friends. According to studies, writing in a gratitude diary at least once a week can help to make you feel happier, especially if you do it for around 15 minutes each time. Up it to three times per week and the results can be even better. The idea is that you list up to five things that you were grateful for in that particular day. This can be as simple as you like - in fact, being grateful for the simple things can be work really well! If You want some ideas here are 120 prompts for discovering what you are grateful for.
Clear out Clutter
Have a look around your home and see how many things you have that you don’t use anymore. For most of us, this is going to be more than you think! Clearing out anything you don’t need, or use can be wonderfully therapeutic. A good rule of thumb is to throw out anything you haven’t used in the past year. Chances are, you’re not going to miss it too much if you’ve not used it for this long.
The theory behind this one is pretty simple and it’s all about getting rid of old things so that you can open the door to new alternatives. It can also help to cleanse your mind to this effect.
Know Your Limits (aka. Establish Boundaries)
Having a good sense for what you will/can not manage and the ability to communicate that to others goes a long way to preventing conflict and stress. When you stop protecting your limits you give away your personal energy. There are times you may feel like you need to push through something, try not to make that your typical state of being.
Pay attention to environments or people that drain your energy, avoid if possible or only engage for a limited time. If it’s something you know you need to deal with then prepare yourself as much ahead of time and afterward. Sometimes we just have to do things that drain our resources, having a plan for restoring myself afterward helps so much.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
At this point it probably seems redundant that I mention this in almost every post. Eating at regular intervals will keep your body in a state of being ready to take on whatever stress comes up. Making sure you drink enough water will also help you manage fatigue, stress, and the delightful ways that you celebrate your life.
When possible enjoy time with friends, pets, family, and/or out in nature. Having this type of connection can provide some wonderful restoration and reminder of your worthiness for self-care.
Share With Others
A great way of establishing self-care practices is to connect with other people and create a larger pool of strategies and ways to get support. If an online group sounds like your kind of support join the Radical Thriving group on Facebook.