Taking Care of Yourself

I’ve recently been learning how to take care of myself. It sounds like a ridiculous thing for an adult to say, but it’s something I do think we all need to be aware of. We’ve become rather good at cheering ourselves up, treating ourselves when needs be, but I often think it can be a little harder to actually look after yourself when the need arises. When we aren’t feeling our best, it can be difficult to spot the things we need. I read a great analogy online once that said we should treat ourselves like a Sims character; imagine we have bars to represent each of our major needs, and to be comfortable and well you need to make sure everything is topped up as high as it can be. So, in that vein, if you’re not feeling yourself, it’s worth checking:

Have you eaten?

And have you eaten well? Many times I have confused irritation, agitation and tiredness with hunger. Sugary snacks won’t fit the bill here, have you had some carbs? And when was the last time you ate a vegetable? Make yourself a good, balanced meal, and then see from there.

Are you clean?

If I’m having a slow day at home or aren’t feeling my best, I tend to stay in my pyjamas and dressing gown late into the day. As comfy as this may seem, often I’ll feel better once I’ve showered and put on some clean clothes. A very simple step, but one that can make a lot of difference.

Have you had some fresh air?

Again, wallowing might feel like the best option right now but there’s no substitute for getting outside and breathing. A little bit of gentle exercise will always help too, a walk will always improve a low day.

Have you spoken to anyone?

Sometimes the last thingΒ on your mind is being sociable, but sadly netflix doesn’t make a great companion. Even if it’s just a text or a tweet, it’s a good idea to say hello to a friend, even a simple conversation can help pick things up.

Are you warm? Cold?

If I’m too hot, I feel worse, and the same if I’m too cold. Sometimes a simple fix can be putting on a thicker pair of socks, and I’ve learned to always take an extra (removable) layer with me when I’m out and about.

Just not feeling great?

Stop what you’re doing and extract yourself from the sofa. Have a little snack and a glass of water. Put on your coat and comfy shoes and head out of the house forΒ a five minute wander. Come home, take a shower and put on something clean and comfortable, and chances are you’ll start to feel a little better.

The most basic of tips, but sometimes when you aren’t feeling yourself, it’s difficult to remember how to fix it. What do you do when you aren’t feeling right?

  • I needed this post today! I honestly love visiting your blog & reading posts like this, it’s so calming! For me, definitely taking a shower or a bath helps me better and forcing myself to get dressed helps too.

    Abbi | http://www.simplyabbi.com

  • amelia may

    The pictures are so comforting. What a lovely post. I shall take note! Xx Bestest wishes. Xx

    Keep Calm and start writing –
    http://www.23millymay25.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kelly Hemblen

    Definately a shower or soak in the bath and feeling all clean after with new PJ’s is my favourite pick me up. And going for a 10 minute walk. I try to do this in my lunch break at work most days (if the weather permits) as it makes me feel ready to tackle the afternoon if the morning hasn’t been too great.
    Lovely post and comforting photo’s πŸ™‚
    Kelly x
    http://www.reynoldsmade.com

  • The Sims analogy is fantastic, I thought I might be the only one that thought that way, haha! I tend to think of my needs as a Sims bar. Usually the simplest explanations are the correct ones (why am I agitated = haven’t eaten well or slept well / why do I feel haggard = haven’t had a bath or done any self care routines in weeks) etc. Once I go through the motions and “catch up with myself” I always feel like I’m back on track. Good to see you back and posting πŸ™‚

  • Mackenzie

    A good walk definitely helps when I am not feeling all that well. I don’t always feel 100% better, but it does indeed help πŸ™‚

  • I can relate to this so much! Everything seems like an effort when I’m having a low day but showering, making an extra nice cuppa and even just sitting by an open window to breathe in some fresh air can do wonders πŸ™‚ x

  • Oh boy. I need to carry like a little checklist around with me. lol. It is so true. Often if I’m feeling tired or something the first thing I do is drink a glass of water. I find it so hard to keep drinking water all day I often end up dehydrated. I’m also a sucker for staying at home all day long and then wondering why I feel so sluggish! Doh, gotta keep active!

  • Lovely post, and so true. It’s the simple things sometimes that can make a world of difference!

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  • It depends on how I’m feeling, but usually, drinking water/tea/coffee and/or taking a shower or even just washing my face helps me! There are some days I’ll try everything I usually try and I’m still not feeling any better, and in those cases, it’s best for me to just call it a day, go to sleep early, get a good night’s rest, and wake up the next day good as new πŸ™‚ -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s