Self care: its a phrase you hear a lot of when in therapy and its something we don’t often do enough of. I’ve noticed that the words have been thrown around on social media recently, appearing in instagram captions and hashtags next to pictures of Lush bath bombs and luxury face masks.
Yet this isn’t all that self care has to mean, when I was at my most depressed sitting in a bath is a face mask on was too much effort. The bath was just going to make me wet, hot and uncomfortable and I couldn’t have cared less whether my skin looked or felt nice. Instead self care meant moving myself from my bed to the sofa to watch Harry Potter from a slightly different angle for the day, or brushing my teeth because that was all I could cope with. Now I’m feeling better self care is taking an hour or so to read a book or treating myself to a coffee and a chocolate muffin while I tap out blog posts in the hipster coffee spot over the road from me. It isn’t complicated or luxury but it makes me feel good and takes the monotony out of the every day.
Self care should be something we aim to work into our every day lives especially (but not exclusively) if you find yourself suffering with mental illness. So go and make time for yourself, be selfish and enjoy whatever it is that brings you joy. Whether thats meditation, exercise, reading or even just settling down under a blanket with a candle lit, a good series playing on your TV, a tasty, treat ready to be munched on and a cup of tea ready to be slurped. I certainly know what my plans for this evening will include.
Top – Missy Empire
Hat – Asos
Jeans – Mango
Shoes – Converse
Bag – Prada