Before I get started, I would like to point out that this is written based on my personal experience with selfcare. I’m sharing it in the hopes that it may help someone else, so let’s get right to it.
The importance of selfcare is often overlooked, mainly because it’s seen as a normal part of everyday life. It’s hard to understand just how critical selfcare is until the day you feel like you can’t muster the strength to do it. It’s like quick sand: When you start sinking into days like this, it feels impossible to surface back up; to feel human again. Alot of us have been there, myself included. In those moments, you’re at your lowest. You think that you won’t be able to get out of this funk, and that thought makes you spiral even deeper into it.
On the days when even getting out of bed seems like a monumental tasks, here are 7 things you can get yourself to do that’d make the process easier:
1. Drink water
It’s important to stay hydrated. This may seem overtly simple or inconsequential, but the benefits of water are countless. You don’t have to finish a whole gallon, but make it a point to down atleast an entire bottle of water everyday. Size, shape, design, all of that is up to you, as long as you finish an entire bottle of water. You’re gonna start to see a difference in a short span of time.
2. Incorporate a fruit or a vegetable into your diet
This may be a tough one because healthy food is not always accessible, and generally on the expensive side. But you don’t need to consume it in large quantities. A handful of grapes, a banana, a cucumber, or some lettuce will do if you can afford to buy some and keep them handy on a regular basis. If you can’t, you can substitute with juice boxes. Even something as simple as squeezing half a slice of lemon onto your tea or a glass of water counts. Just incorporate this food group into your daily diet, any way you can.
3. Write something down. Anything.
It doesn’t have to be something you post or share, just write something down. You can write it on a laptop, on your phone, or on a piece of paper. It can be a single word, a paragraph or ten pages, whatever you’re comfortable with. Make it a point everyday to jot something down. If you can keep a journal, that’s always a plus, but if not, writing something down anywhere is fine. Your writing could be all over the place; it can be on your body, on furniture, on walls, or on clothing, just write something down everyday. For more on the benefits of daily writing, you can check this post out.
4. Do breathing exercises
Breathing exercises don’t have to be complicated. Just follow a simple structure: Breathe in, count to three, breathe out, count to five. The count is up to you, as long as there is something you’re counting to in your head. Repeat for about 2-5 minutes. Set a timer on your phone if that would help. These exercises help regulate panic responses in your mind, and they will assist you in feeling in control.
5. Air out your sheets, covers and pillows
Pick it all up. No matter how difficult it is to leave bed, just pick it all up, take it to the nearest window, and spread it all out. You only need to let them air out for around 30 minutes, then you can re-make the bed and climb right back in. It will make a difference.
6. Change an article of clothing
You don’t need to change your entire outfit everyday, especially if you’re not leaving the house, but just change one thing. Those shorts you slept in? Put on a different pair and toss this one aside. Maybe take off the shirt that has that toothpaste stain on it. It doesn’t matter what you decide to change, just change one thing and put on something clean. You’ll feel refreshed, even if you don’t feel up to showering or doing laundry that day.
7. Wash your face, neck, underarms and feet
This may also seem overtly simple, but it’s a very important daily step. These are the areas of your body that usually gather the sweat and dirt faster, and are usually the ones that give you the highest level of discomfort. Again, you don’t have to feel up to showering everyday, but just wash these four areas. It’s better for your health and hygiene on the long run, and it’ll boost your overall mood.
The changes from these routines may not be instantly noticeable. It won’t be like suddenly flicking a switch and feeling fine. However, little by little, they will improve your quality of life. Healthy mind in a healthy body is the oldest cliché in the book, but like I’ve pointed out in previous posts, some things are a cliché because they work. The road to getting better is a long and exhausting one, but it’s never an impossible one. Selfcare takes time: Be patient to yourself, and invest in yourself, because that’s about the most valuable use of your time out there.
And always remember: You can do it.