My week of self care for when my mental health makes me feel physically unwell.
As you’ve probably heard me mention the start of July was tough for me. I had numerous appointments to attend, which aggravated my anxiety. My heightened state of anxiety began to make me feel somewhat depressed and took its toll on me physically, leaving me tired, spotty and in pain with a mouthful of ulcers.
I recently shared a post with you on my 10 self-care ideas,this time I thought I would share with you exactly how I a week indulging in some self care.
As I mentioned above my skin decided to turn against me this month and resulted in me having various new planets growing on my face, otherwise known as spots. My skin generally felt a little worse for wear and so I decided to start my week by investing in my skincare. For me skincare is an important part of self-care. I enjoy wearing make-up but like to feel confident enough to go out without it sometimes, however when my skin is acting up I feel like I have to cover it up.
I began the week by cleansing my skin. I washed my face and used my Vitamin C Hot Cloth Cleanser. Once cleansed I applied my Alpha Lipoic Acid by The Ordinary to brighten my skin. I then used my Jade Roller to massage the product into my skin. During the rest of the week I ensured I took a few minutes during the day to tend to my face. I did this by applying a face-mask, face serums and face creams. Once my skin had settled down I used my derma roller. Some of the spots have left some scarring and darker patches on my skin and derma rolling encourages the skin to heal, which can lessen the visibility of scarring.
I’ve mentioned it many times on my blog but when I’m looking my best it gives me a little confidence boost and has a positive impact on my mental health. Therefore part of my self care is ensuring I take some time to look after my skin.
Do something you enjoy
Self care is all about looking after yourself. Therefore I’ve focused on doing things that I enjoy this week. This doesn’t have to take very long, you can read a book or write a quick blog post. I chose to pop out for a walk with my mum. We were only out for about half an hour but it really cheered me up.
It was a beautiful day and we chose to pop to one of the local National Trusts. I’m a member and so it’s a free outing, which means that if I can only stay for a few minutes due to my anxiety I don’t feel bad for wasting money.
We had a lovely short walk and enjoyed our surroundings. It was nice to get away from the every-day routine and distance myself from the anxiety that I have been feeling.
Treat yourself to some yummy food
Anyone who is gluten-free will tell you that gluten-free cake is not about to win any awards. Because of this I tend to steer away from many foods as they just end up a bit of a disappointment. Where I’ve been feeling a little sorry for myself I decided to treat myself to whatever I fancied. When we popped out for a walk at the weekend I was feeling really anxious but also wanted cake. These little packets were perfect as I decided if I didn’t feel up to it I could just pop it in my bag and take it home. To my surprise it was absolutely delicious and was exactly the sugary pick-me up that I needed – even though I only managed to eat half out and took the rest home with me.
I’ve treated myself to a lot of yummy food this week. I definitely need to ease off on the chocolate now. However, some yummy food can include some good food! I’ve been making lots of yummy casseroles and jacket potatoes for dinners. I adore my food and so something yummy for dinner cheers me up for the day as it gives me something to look forward to. In between writing this post and editing it I had a phone appointment. I’ve been worrying about it all day and so once I finished I treated myself to a cup of tea and some pecans.
Have something to look forward to
When you’re feeling a little bit down it’s always good to have something to look forward to. As I mentioned above food is one of my loves and so I make sure I have a tasty meal for the end of the day. However, I think you sometimes need something to look forward to in the future where you can imagine being in a better mental and physical position to enjoy it.
I’ve got two things to look forward to in September. We’ve arranged a visit to my boyfriend’s family in Wales and already we’re both excited. It’s a nice chance to relax, catch up with his family and we get to spend a bit more time together with neither of us working.
I am aware that you don’t all have family in Wales that you can quickly arrange a visit to. There are smaller things you can do to have something to look forward to. My anxiety is very limiting at the moment and so I know certain things are out of the question, even if they are planned for the future. I recently came across an advert for Cinderella at an open air cinema venue nearby us and I decided to book it. I haven’t tried going to the cinema since my anxiety has flared up as the idea of being in such an enclosed space with so many people fills me with dread. However, the idea of the open air cinema makes me think that I’ll be a lot more able to handle it.
I’m excited for September and I truly believe that having stuff to look forward to in the future is a huge part of looking after yourself and your mental health.
Towards the end of the week I was feeling a little bit more together. I don’t know about you but when I’m going through a rough patch my head is all over the place. When I’m feeling a little better I like to sit down and write down everything I have to do, usually seeing it on paper helps me process it. Once I’ve done this I can create a plan of how I’m going to tackle everything and eventually I find myself just getting on with it. Organisation is self care for me as it makes completing necessary tasks that bit easier and quicker.
How do you indulge in some self-care after a difficult period?