Self care…An important issue

I’ve realised lately that self care is so very important. I’ve been working both in therapy with Eileen and also with Dr Barry on doing more self care things to look after my mental health. I’ve always found self care hard to do, mainly because I think I dont deserve to do things that involve caring for myself and for the other parts of me. Over the past year in therapy and with Dr Barry I’ve built up some self care activities. These include using affirmations daily, listening to songs that mean something to me, journaling when I feel bad mad lonely emotional etc, taking a long hot shower when I am not feeling good, walking the dog to clear my head, watching a favourite show on tv or a favourite dvd, calling a friend to talk, emailing my therapist, reading a book, amongst others. It has become easier over time to do these things. I’ve practiced and now am able to try them when the need arises.
Is self care important to you? What are some of your self care activities? Do you find it hard to do self care things for yourself?

9 thoughts on “Self care…An important issue”

  1. selfcare is something were learning still. at times it is doable and gives an positive spin. other times were to overwhelmed and caught up in dissociation. for us its the little things.

  2. yes, i do find it hard to do selfcare for my self. it is as if i think whatever the situation is, its my fault and i guess i don’t deserve it, or it seems silly. i am better at doing calming things when i get triggered.

  3. Good for you! I think blogging and reading are my forms of self-care. Taking the occasional hot bath (even though one of the kids if not both will try to join me once they’ve discovered where I snuck off to hehe).

  4. I find it tough. This is all new to me. I’m not sure if I should be caring for people my mind has made up. I struggle to care for myself let alone these new ‘selves’.

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