There are certain self-care habits I have developed over the years that have helped me to overcome my mental health struggles, and keep me feeling like myself. These habits fuel my good days, while keeping me from sinking too low on my bad days. I have come to the realization that I must prioritize taking care of myself every day, otherwise I just can’t function properly. I am a human being who has basic needs and routines. If those needs and routines aren’t met or kept, then things can quite quickly slip out of place, resulting in feeling mentally and physically drained. I have learnt how to maintain good physical and mental health through these self-care practices, while arming myself with the tools to better deal with the inevitable down days and curve-balls life throws at me. Putting myself first, making routine a priority, and practicing regular self-care habits has honestly kept my sanity. The longer I practice self-love and self-care, the better I get at dealing with the voice in my brain telling me I’m not good enough, and listening to my body’s needs.
Don’t allow yourself to slip into the mindset that you don’t need to be taken care of, that you’re not worth it, or that others need to be taken care of more than you do. Because the reality is, you do need to be taken care of, you are worth it, and you can’t look after others if you aren’t looking after yourself first. And let me be the first to tell you, sometimes these habits aren’t easy. Sometimes they’re absolutely the last thing you want to do. But its overcoming that voice in your head, and taking one step in the right direction that makes it easier and easier each time. So if you’re realizing that you’re not taking care of yourself like you should, hopefully some of these habits and tips will give you ideas for what you can start doing each day to show yourself some well-deserved love.
You deserve it