Monday, 18 April 2016

Putting Yourself First - Self Care

Self care is so important for everyone, whether you're a Spoonie or not. But if you are chronically ill, it's even more important to put yourself and your needs first. It's not selfish, it's being kind to yourself. Taking care of yourself is not a new thing but it is something we need to be reminded to do.

Everyone will manage their self care differently, and that's okay because after all, none of us are the same but as long as it's beneficial to you, then you're doing it right.

How do I promote self care?

  • Getting lost in a book - I always find reading helpful because it's a solitary hobby that transports me away from anything that may be bothering me
  • Writing - whether it be fiction, poetry or blogging, focussing on words, forming sentences and being creative has always been my way escaping
  • Lists - making to-do lists helps me concentrate and figure out what is really important
  • Hugs - very simple, a hug can completely change my mood
  • Laughter - my best friend is always at the end of the phone
  • Relaxation - I particularly find progressive muscle relaxation works for me as I tense my muscles and then let the tension go, releasing the stress with it
  • Pictures and videos - my phone is full of cute pics and videos of my nephew and I spend at least five minutes a week going through them
  • Listen to music - and sing my head off; have a concert on my own
  • Take photographs - I just love taking pictures

What do you to practice self care?


  1. I think this is a wonderful post and it's a great idea to concentrate on self care! I haven't done that for a while, so you've definitely inspired me to try, thank you :)

    Sarah xo // See The Stars

  2. A cup of tea and a good book are my favourite combination. Im also a big fan of blasting music to blow out the cobwebs
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

  3. I make sure to concentrate on my outer self. Hair cut and color, eyebrows waxed and a pedicure when I can manage it. These help me to feel pretty which improves my mood tremendously!

  4. I take photos too, mainly of my dogs haha! My phone is full of them, I also colour. Not as much as I'd like to as it hurts my hands but I really enjoy it x

    1. I love colouring but it hurts me also, can't do it for too long unfortunately xo

  5. A spray of my favourite perfume and curling up with a cat and a book... (and maybe some chocolate!)

  6. Self care is of the utmost importance! I love a nice bath, clean PJs, clean bedsheets and a good film or TV show. Cuddles with my partner and our cat are up there too though.

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