Self Care really is THAT important.
Manage Stress & anxiety with Self Care
By: Alkmini Hormovas, LMFT
In my last blog post, I opened the theme of self care. I will be dedicating several digestible posts to the topic since it is so IMPORTANT. I see time and time again how easy it is to forget or ignore one's own needs. Let's get a sense of how well you take care of yourself with the questions below. I suggest slowing down and taking time with each individual question. These are also great prompts for journal writing. Be honest and gentle with yourself. We are all a work in progress.
When was the last time you did something that benefited just you?
Can you remember the previous time before that?
Do you constantly put yourself last?
Are you feeding yourself well enough?
When was the last time you had a big laugh?
Do your relationships, responsibilities and chores seem to take up all your time?
How many hours do you sleep on average per night?
Do you try and solve everyone else's problems?
When was the last time you cried and did't judge yourself for it?
When was the last time you tried something new?
When was the last time you had fun?
Do you move your body enough?
How often are you creative?
Do you often feel resentful, overwhelmed or bored?
What did you find in answering these questions? Now is a good time to take a deep breath. Taking a self care inventory can bring up hard truths about the way you treat yourself on a daily basis. The point of this is not to get down on yourself for not taking better care! My hope and wish is that in being truthful with yourself, you will be empowered to make some conscious and deliberate changes. These changes will undoubtedly support you, as well as those around you.
In my next post, I will be talking about what self care can be like day to day. In the meantime, think/dream/visualize what you would like your daily self care routine to be.