Life is full of ups and downs, that’s not debateable! But what we do when it all gets too tough is what ultimately defines us. Find out some self care suggestions when it all feels like too much.
I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feel like Too Much.
There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years when – for whatever reason – just getting through the day, or going to work, or putting one foot in front of the other feels hard.
Maybe it’s because you’re wrestling with anxiety, depression or some other mental illness. Maybe it’s because you’ve had your heart broken. Maybe you’ve gone through a physical or emotional trauma. Maybe you’re deeply grieving. Or maybe there’s no easily understood reason for why you’re feeling bad.
Whatever the case, I want you to know that it’s OK if you’re going through a tough time. This doesn’t make you any less lovable, worthy or capable. This just means you’re human.
Being a human can be a messy, hard, confusing, painful experience sometimes.
So if you or someone you love is going through one of these tough times right now, a time where it all just feels like too much, we want to offer up 11 suggestions for self-care to help you or your loved one get through this time.
1. Practise meditation. Say a prayer, practice meditation routines and listen to calming & relaxation music. We recommend listening to artistes like Londrelle, etc.
2. Have a good, long, body-shaking cry. Sometimes, all we can do is cry and get it all out. If yelling helps, yell your lungs out.
3. Call a trusted friend or family member and talk it out.
4. Take a mental health day. Call in sick to work.
5. Say no to extra obligations, chores, or anything that pulls on your precious self-care time.
6. Book a session (or more!) with your therapist. Trust your therapist to know best. If this option is not available to you, speak to an elderly person for advice and wisdom.
7. Dial down your expectations of yourself at this time. When you’re going through life’s tough times, I invite you to soften your expectations of yourself and others.
8. Tuck yourself into bed early with a good book and clean sheets or just watch a relaxing movie.
9. Watch a comforting/silly/funny/lighthearted TV show or movie. Try Apple TV, Netflix or any other recommended movie websites.
10. Reread your favorite picture and chapter books from childhood. Sometimes going back to our roots and appreciating the inner child within us goes a long way to building self care and love.
11. Ask for some love and tenderness from your friends on social media. Let them comment on your post and remind you that you’re loved. You can talk to and connect with family members and old friends. It is wise to admit to them how low you are feeling and let them remind you of how great you are doing.
Source: The Mighty