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4 little things you can do to feel better: self care

4 little things you can do to feel better: self care

When I posted about my struggles with anxiety earlier in the year, I got such a supportive response. And I know there are so many people out there who struggle with anxiety and depression and who know how hard it can be get out of bed.

Over the years, I've learned some really great ways to cope. Sometimes, you don't have the strength or energy to do some of the bigger things that help you feel better (like exercise, therapy, or medication). I've found that just steeling yourself to do these four small things can help immensely. And pretty much all of them revolve around the idea of self care.

Four little things you can do to feel better

1) Do a face mask: Putting on a face mask sounds small, but its meaning is much greater. By spending just five or ten minutes on your grooming (which often falls by the wayside when you're in a rough patch mentally), you're telling yourself that you are worth it--you are worth the effort, the time, the investment, and you deserve care and love.

2) Get dressed: When your mood is really low and everything feels overwhelming, taking a few baby steps towards feeling more human can really help. Even if you don't feel like putting a "real" outfit on, just throw on some leggings and slouchy jumper.

3) Do something that nourishes you but doesn't require a lot of effort: For me, this is making a cup of tea and watching re-runs of a favourite show that's light and funny--like The Office or the totally cringe-worthy but kind of addicting Hart of Dixie. I'm also loving the new Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as it's really heartwarming and empowering.

4) Tackle just one chore: I know that when I'm feeling low, my motivation to look after the house completely disappears...which just leads to more frustration and feelings of "I can't do it". I have found that by tackling just one small chore--as small as loading the dishwasher or hoovering one floor--my mood improves. I feel stronger and like I've accomplished something, and in turn, it is easier to keep moving with all other aspects of my life, slowly building back into a normal routine.

What are your strategies for self care?

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