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Self care, time to take a step back

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I really don’t feel like writing but the love of my life had a great idea that I should just write something, its self care.  So here I am with my “word vomit”. Not sure what to write,  but writing any ways.  I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t been writing lately but I have a few ideas.  I know I’ve been struggling with depression. I just haven’t felt like doing the things I know I would normally like to do.

Life gets tough sometimes. I had a really bad total mental breakdown a few weeks ago and I’ve been working on coming back from that. At first I wasn’t sure what caused the break down but after a lot of hard work I found my answer. Now I get to move forward from that and make my life better every day.

By now I’m sure you’re asking “well how the hell does one make a come back from depression and a mental break down?” Let me tell you this: it is possible.  And all it takes is some hard work, self love and self care. 

Read more books

This one might not work for everyone but it works for me. Reading is a great way to escape the world and practice self care. Its also a wonderful way to calm down and let your body relax.

I’ve been reading a bunch of self help books. Books about meditation, books about mindfulness. I read “Buddhist Bootcamp” by timber Hawkeye.  And I’m currently reading a book about a man that became a monk for 3 years. But it doesn’t matter what kind of book you read. Any book is a good book.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a type of meditation where you focus on being aware of what you are sensing and feeling at that exact moment. Mindfulness is to be here now. It sounds simple but has proved itself to be quiet difficult.  You can practice Mindfulness at any given moment of the day. You don’t have to dress in monk robs and sit in a Chapple to accomplish Mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness where you are right now.

The more you do it, the better you will get at it. All it takes is time and patience. 

Exercise, exercise, exercise!

Did I mention exercise? Exercise is an all natural treatment to fight depression and anxiety. When you exercise it releases endorphins and other happy things into your brain. Making your mind, body and spirit feel so much better.

Sticking to a workout routine is tough. It gets even tougher when things like anxiety and depression start to kick in. But don’t give up hope. Its ok to fall off the wagon from time to time. Just don’t fall off and stay there. 

If you are struggling with getting your work outs in, maybe it’s time to try something different.  Go for a walk with the family, try yoga, take a boxing lesson, play dodge ball with the kids. The options are endless

If you want to read more about sticking to your workouts, I recommend reading this post: “How To Stick To Your Workouts”

Eat healthier

Healthy body, healthy mind. The two work hand in hand. If you want to fight depression, anxiety or any other mental illness, it is a must that you take care of your physical body as well.

I’m a stress eater. I like to eat my feelings rather than dealing with them. And with doing that, I gain unwanted pounds and start losing self confidence.  When I’m stress eating, I’m normally eating junk food too. So I’m just slowing myself down. Junk food can make a person feel just down right crummy. 

When battling wars in your mind, its a good idea to eat healthier foods. Not only will you lose unwanted weight. But foods like fruits and veggies give you natural energy. 

Take time to play with your kids and family

Play is so important. Its fun, it will make you laugh. And you know what they say “Laughter is the best medicine”. So get your butt outside (or inside) and just play!

Take the time to be here now with your family. There isn’t a better exercise than play time. Burn off some energy, and get moving.

Be creative

Open up your mind and let the creativity flow through you!!

Being creative is one of my favorite forms of self care. I have recently started a bullet journal. Not only has it helped me release some creativity,  it has also helps me relax and focus. Other forms of creativity include things like writing, drawing, painting and wood working. The list can go on and on.

Im honestly proud of myself for finally finished this post. Its taken me about 2 weeks to get one post done. Its now been four weeks but I’m finally finishing it! But now that I got the ball rolling, ill only get more and more done. 

To recap, great ways to get over the mental block are:

  • Read More Books
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Exercise
  • Eat Healthier
  • Play
  • Be creative

If you’re looking for more on motivational check out this article “How To Find Motivation”

For more self care ideas check out “SELF-CARE 101 & Simple Self-Care Tips For Your Well-Being”

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