Tuesday Tutorial: Practicing Self Care When Everything Sucks

You feel like crap? Self care is even more important than usual. Here are some ways to do it.

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Hello my dears. Two posts in two days! Can you believe it?

Honestly, between our recent personal loss and all of the natural disasters and violence in the past month, it has been difficult to keep up with everything. The emotional weight on top of everything else can be hard to handle. Work, school, momming, blogging, the bungalow, my personal life. It can all feel like a bit much.

Self care has been a challenge lately. However, I know that it is important, so I try to squeeze in some where I can. Here are some ways to practice self care when everything sucks and it’s hard.

  • When offered “me time,” take it. Yes, you’re probably going to feel guilty for whatever made up reason that you decide to inflict upon yourself. That’s okay. Accept the guilt, move past it, and savor some alone time.
  • Indulge. I’m not saying to go crazy and run up your credit card. (We talked about that last week, remember?) But go on and have that piece of chocolate or extra glass of wine. Just don’t make it an every day thing. You’ll be fine.
  • Watch your self talk. It can be so easy to talk crap to yourself when you are already feeling bad. Whenever I catch myself thinking mean things about myself, I question it. Using this method I can generally get to the heart of what is actually bothering me and deal with it. (Spoiler alert: it’s not dirty socks or jiggly thighs!)
  • Do something that productive. Donate blood. Start a fundraiser. Volunteer. Connect with someone who may need you. Clean out your closet. Complete that craft project. Learn a new recipe. Work through a complex math problem. Just do anything that makes you feel accomplished.
  • Develop routines to help guide you through the day-to-day. An easy trick to this is to do the same thing for the first five to ten minutes after waking up as well as the first five to ten minutes before going to bed. This could be reading, writing, meditating, light exercises, or a full-on Korean style skincare routine.

Do you struggle with self care in times of emotional distress? What are your trusty coping methods?

Take care,

Hannah

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