It can become all too easy in this chaotic, modern world of ours to forget to practice self-care. We can become so busy looking after other people, hitting deadlines, trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing and so on that we don’t look after ourselves properly, and when this happens, we become unwell, stressed, even depressed. So if your self-care routine has fallen away in recent times, here are some ways to start it up again, and make yourself feel better.
Once we realise that our self-care routine has gone astray or been completely forgotten, it can be tempting to jump back in where you left off immediately. The problem with this is that you might suddenly find you have given yourself far too much to do, and this can be difficult mentally but also, depending on what you are doing, physically too. When this happens, not only will you not be able to keep up with your own ideals, you could make yourself even more unwell in the process.
Instead of going back to the level you were at before you stopped running, swimming, painting, meditating, or whatever else it was that meant you could enjoy your self-care, start at the beginning, and start small. For example, if you love to read and tell yourself that you must read a chapter each night and begin to fall behind, you will feel bad. If you promise yourself a page a night, you’ll manage it much more easily (and probably exceed your target).
It might be that you need a little help to get back into the routine of caring for yourself, particularly if you have just had an operation, and even more so if you have needed the assistance of a company such as www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk. You could, quite simply, not be in a position to care for yourself. Don’t let that stop you from getting the expert care you need, though; ask for help from those closest to you, and let them look after you. It can be a hard thing to admit to needing help, but it is harder still to struggle on without it.
Do The Best You Can
You’ll notice that we said do the best you can, not do everything to perfection. As long as you are doing what you can to look after yourself, there should be no need to feel like a failure or to feel down about your life. If you know that you are doing your best, you should be able to feel happy and fulfilled. If not, then you know what needs to change, and you can make a plan to do just that.
No matter what happens, no matter what the reason you stopped caring for yourself as much as you did, or what you feel has gone wrong in your life, you should take the time to be grateful for the good things. You’re alive, you’re moving forward, you’ve got friends, family, a place to live, food to eat, and more. Remember this, and it will become easier to see yourself as deserving of self-care.
Not only that, but the positive thinking associated with being grateful will boost your mood, making it easier to make yourself (and others around you by extension) happy.