Welcome lovely people to Mental Health Tuesday! I hope all of you have had a wonderful start of the week and everything is going well in life for you. The other day I was wondering what to write for today. I wasn’t certain if I wanted to write about a mental health illness or ways of helping you cope with them. In the end, I decided to talk about self-care and how important it is.

Self-care is one of the most important things you could be doing for yourself. You only have one body, which tries it’s best to take care of you, so why not help it? It can get very hard at times, but it is important to take care of yourself nonetheless. Whether it’s changing your bed sheets, having a cuppa or making sure to eat something full of energy after a panic attack, self-care can really improve your mood and mental health.

So I thought I’d share some self-care tips and ideas with you lovely people. Some of them you might be doing already and others might be more novel to you. But I hope all of you find something that can help you with your self-care. I tried to include tips that can be aimed at mental health in general, but I did include a few that can be seen to be aimed at a particular illness. I’ll try my best to explain the reasoning behind the tips too!

  • Changing the bed sheets: I did mention it above, but why would that be helpful and count as self-care? Well, imagine you woke up and immediately realised that today was going to be a Bad Day. Whether you plan on staying in bed all day or trying to get through it, clean bed sheets can help a lot. They can help you start of your day, and if you plan on staying in bed, the smell of clean bed sheets could bring you comfort and make you feel less dirty and more productive. If you’re trying to get through the day, knowing that you managed to get something done and that once you go to sleep that evening you will be greeted with the smell of fresh bed sheets could really help you get through the day.
  • Regaining your energy: Say you had a panic attack, or a very emotionally draining day, your energy levels just went down a lot. So it is important that you eat something to help you regain it. Whether it is sugary snacks, a meal or even fruit (filled with natural sugars), regaining your mental and physical energy is important. So why not grab an apple or make yourself a sandwich? Chances are, you will feel better with a bit more energy in your body. Even if you don’t feel like eating for one reason or another, please try your best – even plain toast could really help you^^
  • Water: Have you had some water to drink today? If yes, I’m proud of you! If not? No worries, you can still have some water today. And it does not have to be plain water either. Tea, coffee, juice whatever you like – as long as it keeps you hydrated. And if you don’t like tap water, but really want to drink water, you could possibly invest in a water filter and that should help you out. Water is really important for you daily functioning. And no, you don’t have to drink seven glasses a day – that is actually a myth made up by a company to get people to buy more water (and boy, did they do a good job). But regardless of that, the more water you drink the better. This my reminder to all of you: remember to stay hydrated!
  • Fresh air: Breathing in the fresh air can really improve your mood. You don’t have to dress yourself up and go for a walk or to the grocery store if you don’t want to. But just a quick step outside to breathe in the air fro a few seconds can help clear your head and make you feel less closed in. Even just poking your head out a window could help you.
  • Hobbies: Having a hobby can help you keep your mind distracted, hands busy and your mood lifting. Even if you are terrible at that hobby, just doing something with your time and body can make you feel better. Whether it’s playing around with clay, photoshop, painting, origami, guitar, sports, writing…. A hobby can be a great idea. And God knows I’m not the best at painting. Drawing? Sure. Paining? Nope. Doesn’t stop me from trying though.
  • Having a cuppa: All right, so I might be channelling my inner British here, I have lived here since I was 8 after all. But it has been scientifically proven that a cup of tea can improve your mood. And not just tea – any hot beverage in a mug. Why? Apparently, cradling a hot mug in your hands imitates the warmth and connection you would get from a human being. And the best part? Your cuppa won’t ask you what’s wrong when you have no bloody clue and told them so at least 3 times already. And you get a warm drink too. What a win^^
  • Talk to someone: But how is this self-care? You are involving someone else, so how is that SELF-care, huh? I look at it from this point of view, you are the one who decides to talk to another person. You are the one who decides to reach out, so in my mind, it counts as self-care. And yes, this can be so hard to do. You don’t want to weigh people down or make them unhappy, but honestly? They won’t mind. They are your friends and they love you and they will try their best to listen to you. And if you still don’t feel you can’t talk to them, we are here for you. If you feel down or just want to have a chat or anything, don’t be afraid to email or message one of us. It doesn’t even have to be about what’s getting you down either. You can literally pop up to me and be like “hey Wik, I’m feeling kinda down, can we talk about dogs?” and I will probably reply “oh hell yeah, aren’t dogs just the cutest?”. Talking to someone doesn’t mean you actually have to talk about what’s getting you down, sometimes just a casual conversation can help you a lot.

And that is it from me! Boy, is this post long…. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my lovely ramblings about self-care. Remember, you were, are and always will be important <3. Don’t be afraid to message one of us if you ever get down or just want a chat. Have a great week everyone^^

– Wiktoria