Some days are just a struggle. A struggle to get up. A struggle to get dressed. A struggle to eat. A struggle to be productive. A struggle to move. A struggle to smile.
Some days are harder than others, for various reasons. Self-care isn’t always easy. Picking yourself up isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. Being okay with your situation isn’t always your first priority. But, it should be.
When you’re feeling down and you’re struggling, caring for yourself is the most important thing to do. Especially if you deal with a chronic illness, mental or physical.
Here are 5 ways to care for yourself on those days when it seems impossible.
- Wear comfy clothes. If you have to leave the house, see people, go to work, go to school, etc., you don’t want to be uncomfortable.
Wear your softest sweater, and comfiest pants.If leggings are your idea of comfy, then so-be-it. Pair the leggings wit cute boots and comfy socks. Add a soft sweater or shirt, a vest, or a scarf. Be comfy. My personal favorite is birkenstocks and socks. You can look good and still be comfy. You’re going to be uncomfortable already because you’re not in bed binge watching Netflix. You know that saying, ‘Look good, feel good‘?
- If you’re struggling to get out of bed and get on with your day, make yourself a good breakfast. Give your body that energy and nutrition it so desperately needs. Make something yummy, and healthy. Food can be good for the body and good for the soul. What’s your ideal breakfast? Blueberry pancakes, bacon and coffee? French toast with bananas, sausage and orange juice? A loaded omelet and chocolate milk? You can definitely have your ideal breakfast! And there are easy ways to make those breakfasts EXTRA healthy. Pinterest is a great resource for creative, healthy, yummy meals, give it a try.
- You’re feeling down and gloomy when you get home from your day’s obligations.
Do something that makes your heart happy. Don’t continue to feel obligated to spend energy on something you don’t want to do. Watch your favorite show on Netflix with a cup of tea; curl up with your favorite book and have some fruit and veggies. Grab a blanket and pillow, unroll your yoga mat, and do some gentle, restorative yoga. Whatever makes your heart happy, do it. Pick yourself up with your favorite pastime.
- Exhaustion and fatigue get the best of us sometimes. That’s life. We run ourselves too hard and the infamous head-nod becomes all too real on our commute home. When you get home, make yourself a quick, healthy snack and curl up on the couch or in bed and take a nap. Set your alarm for 20-40 minutes. A power nap will get you through the rest of your day, without taking away from your nightly ZZZs. Or, if you get home late enough, grab an easy, quick dinner and just head to bed early. Nobody’s going to resent you for going to bed at 8 o’clock every so often.
- Loneliness and isolation can be an easy habit to fall into when you feel defeated. Call a friend. Invite a friend over. Ask your family to watch a movie with you. Cuddle with
your four-legged friend(s). If you don’t have pets, go to the local humane society/animal shelter/pet store and get some animal love. Physical touch is an
essential part to feeling loved and needed. Whether you have a chronic illness, or not, feeling lonely is never a good thing. Alone time is definitely good, but if you catch yourself feeling lonely, ask a friend to grab coffee with you or have a movie marathon. Sometimes you need more than just you to care for yourself. Surround yourself with people (or animals) who show you love.
I encourage you to give yourself some love and care. You deserve it. Make your heart happy, your heart and mind needs it.
Let the struggle be the struggle, but don’t neglect your self-worth. It’s okay not to be okay, but don’t forget to pick yourself up.
“She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.”