Sunday, November 13, 2016

Self Care Isn't Selfish

In times like this it's always important to remember the importance of self care. It's not selfish to take care of yourself, it's the healthy and responsible thing to do, Here are some self-care tips that help me and those I love.
  1. It's okay to be sad, angry, and depressed. It's okay to scream. It's okay to cry. Just try not to dwell on it too much.
  2. Remember the basics. Drink plenty of water. Make sure to eat regularly. Try to get adequate sleep.
  3. Unplug yourself from the web. Take a break from Twitter and Facebook. 
  4. Get out and take a walk. Nature is beautiful and the fresh air will do you some good. If riding bikes is something you do, allow yourself to take a nice relaxing bike trip. 
  5. Exercise. Yeah I'm not the best at this one, but those endorphins will make you feel much better.
  6. Reach out to your support network. Hopefully you have someone, non-judgmental, you can talk to and vent. 
  7. Be creative. Draw, right, sing. Artistic endeavors can be great coping mechanisms.
  8. Treat  yourself. None of us are idle rich, but let yourself go out to eat and see a movie. Buy that new dress you've had your eye on. 
  9. Yoga and meditation helps. You can find all sorts of yoga instructional videos online. 
  10. Pray. I'm not the praying type, but if that's your thing go for it.
  11. Read a book. Exercising your mind is important.
  12. Watch a movie, listen to music. Let yourself zone out. 
  13. Laugh. You Tube is full of funny videos. I highly recommend this one
  14. Never underestimate the benefits of masturbation. Sometimes you just need some me time to get your head cleared.
  15. I know it seems silly, but adult colouring books are great. If you get the really intricate ones though, make sure to pick up some fine tipped colored pens.
  16. Finally if you're in a dark place and can't get out, seek help. You're not alone and you're strong than you'll ever know.
This is from the Knotty Words adult colouring book by my friend, Mathew "Quill" Vandeneynden

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