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 thing 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 for 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?