This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of ‘Connect with Nature’. One aspect of my self care is to go out for a walk and spend time in nature. So I wanted to write this blog to share some of my other self care techniques.
Go for a walk: I really love going out for a walk and spending time in the countryside. If I start to feel overwhelmed then I know if I go for a walk that will calm me down.
Listen to music: People often think that I shouldn’t like this due to not liking background noises but for me having music on stops me from noticing the background noises and stops sensory overload. I rarely leave the house without listening to music either!
Spending time with animals: There is a reason why people have therapy animals to help them. I always feel calmer when I am around animals especially my own cat Tilly. She has been with me during some overwhelming times, including my diagnosis appointment where she curled up next to me.
Journaling: I sometimes feel like my head is going to burst with everything going round and round inside it so I find it really helpful to write it down and if needed talk to someone about something that is concerning me.
Put down my phone: Since starting my business I have noticed that I am spending more and more time looking at my phone which means that I miss out on interactions with other people. So I am trying to make an effort to not go on my phone all the time (this is taking me a while to get used to!)
Special Interests: I find spending time engaging in my special interests to be really helpful due to their familiar nature that I can immerse myself in.
Watching familiar TV Programmes: Other people notice that I will quite happily watch the same thing over and over again rather than something new. This is a large part of my self care routine as it is familiar and comforting to watch something that I have watched before.
Sensory seeking: One of the best things to help me when I am overwhelmed is to use my weighted blanket and turn on my purple fairy lights to create a calming sensory environment.
These are just some of the elements of my self care routine. I do not do them everyday but use the techniques that are most appropriate to help at the time.