25 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Need It Most

Posted by on November 7, 2017 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

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By Chaitra Ramalingegowda | New Love Times

Your own health and well-being go out the window when you’re taking care of someone else. However, what many people don’t realize is that to be able to care for someone else, you need to start by caring for yourself. Self-care doesn’t make you selfish, but makes you smart and strong. For your mental and physical well-being, you need to take the time to give yourself what you need.

There will be days when you won’t be able to get out of bed, but you have to. There will be days when anxiety and hopelessness can feel crippling. There will be days when you don’t know what to do, how to do, and what to feel. These are the times when you need to know how to take care of yourself – your mind, body, and heart need the care that you give it.

Since everyone is different, your idea of self-care might differ, but the following tips are general in nature, and you can tweak them to suit your needs.

1. Identify activities that make you feel good.

This is especially important for your mental well-being. When you pursue activities that you like and enjoy, it elevates your mood, thereby making you feel good. And when you feel good, whatever you need to do doesn’t seem like a burden.


2. Make it a habit to meditate.

Meditation is one of the most underrated activities that help a great deal when you’re dealing with many things. Done in a secluded and quiet place, it can give you mental clarity and peace when you need it the most. It can center you in a way no other activity can.

Related Article: People Who Meditate Are More Aware Of Their Unconscious Brain

3. Watch something funny or comforting.

When you’re dealing with lots of things, take some time out and watch something funny or comforting. It will make you feel good. It lightens things up, and it’s one of the things you need the most in certain situations.

4. Light scented candles in your room.

Scented candles have a way of bringing comfort to you, but not many people try this. Not only does the soft, muted light from the candles comfort you, the subtle fragrance helps soothe you.

5. Read inspiring quotes.

Yes, this is a cliché, but just try it. It works. Reading inspiring quotes on Pinterest can actually make you feel good. They really do their job – they inspire!

6. Turn down invites or cancel plans.

It’s okay. Really, it is. If you’re not up for it, it’s okay to not go to that friend’s promotion party, or plans for that movie you’ve been wanting to watch. When you’re not a hundred percent, it’s okay to say no, even if it ruffles some feathers. The important thing here is to do what makes you happy, rather than do something to make someone else happy.

7. If you need help, you need only ask.

Realize that you’re not Superman/Supergirl. You’re a regular human, and that’s okay. So you may need help from time to time, and that’s okay too. But you need to ask people for help if you’re in over your head. If you don’t ask for it, you’re not going to get it. People closest to you will think you’ve got it under control, when you’ve clearly not. So, open your mouth and ASK!

8. Don’t force yourself to do things.

If you don’t want to do something, don’t do it. There’s no use forcing yourself to do something you clearly don’t want to. You’re not doing yourself any favors, and that ‘something’ clearly isn’t a priority either. So let it go.

9. Avoid triggers.

If something bothers you and you’ve noticed a pattern to it, about how it affects you emotionally or mentally, avoid it. Nothing good comes from hurting yourself with these. Distract yourself from these triggers and do something that takes your mind off of it.

10. Read one of your favorite books – again.

You must have a favorite book, I’m sure. Reread it, and it’s sure to lift your spirits up. There’s something comforting about revisiting same old characters, same old stories, same old setting, same old endings. Reading a favorite ought to elevate your mood. Unless, your favorite book is a horror where everybody dies, except for the old witch!

11. Take a day off from all kinds of media.

Social media, gadgets, anything electronic in short, are out of bounds. Give yourself 24 hours free from these technological distractions. Take a break. You’ll definitely feel calmer and more in control of your emotions and thoughts.

12. Do yoga.

Yoga is not your regular garden variety workout, but a practice that centers your mind, body, and soul. Yoga is super beneficial for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Try it and see for yourself.

Related Article: Does Yoga Count as Exercise? Scientists Weigh In

13. Exercise.

Running, walking, jogging, lifting weights, or any other type of workout that gets your heart racing and your blood pumping, you should do it. Exercise is known release endorphins into your bloodstream, and is known to elevate your mood. Endorphins are called happy hormones, and you should trust them to elevate your mood.

14. Take a hot bath.

Go the whole distance with this one, and pamper yourself to the nines. Scented bath salts, scented candles, soft, soothing music, wine, and you soaking in a tub filled with bubbles and relaxing hot water. Stay there till the water gets cold. Don’t feel guilty about wasting so much water, because you deserve this.

15. Listen to soothing music.

Create a playlist which contains soothing, relaxing music. Instrumentals are the best for this purpose. Piano, harp, flute, violin – anything that soothes and calms your mind ought to be on that playlist.

16. Spend time with a person you’re close with.

Whether it’s a family member or a close friend, spend time with them. Shoot the breeze or spill what’s on your mind, just do it. If you don’t want to talk, watch a movie, go on a hike, or stroll through a park. Get out of your head and your house and spend time with another human being.

17. Take a nap.

Nap time was a drudge during childhood, but now that you’re an adult, it’s manna from heaven! Indulge yourself and take a nap in the middle of the day. You deserve it; you deserve to escape into slumberland when you don’t want to, but need to.

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