"self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation"
Self care will look different for everyone and every day will look different so please, remember to be kind to yourself and take each day and each emotion as it comes.
Be Kind To Yourself; speak to yourself how you would speak to others, don't put pressure on yourself that you wouldn't put on others and don't compare your journey to others. Always prioritise yourself because you matter. Immerse in self-care, do all those things you've never had time for before, your journey is yours so be kind to yourself.
Take Time Out; taking time out after a traumatic, life altering experience is perfectly OK. It's OK to need a bit of down time to reconnect and ground yourself. There will be times when you just have to say 'NO' to protect yourself and that is OK. Cancelling plans, staying in your safe zone and putting things on hold is essential to doing what is best for you when healing.
Let it Out; Talk, write or simply cry, whatever way works best for you just let it out. You will be experiencing lots of new, huge and confusing emotions that you don't have to keep locked away so find what works for you and do a daily mental dump and let it out.
Set Boundaries; Set boundaries that protect your mental health, you need to be your own priority right now. Cancel those plans, say no to that day out or just say no when you need to. It's ok to have healthy boundaries that allow you to make time for yourself, it's not selfish it's essential.
Go Outside; Whether you decide to stand in your garden, go for a walk around the block or adventure to a nearby beauty spot, getting out in nature is good for your soul. Breathe in the fresh air and notice what is around you...What can you smell? What can you hear? What can you see
Focus on the Positives; Did you get out the house today? Did you get showered and dressed? Not everything has to be sunshine and rainbows but we can still celebrate our small wins even on the darkest days.
Daily Affirmations; daily affirmations are positive statements to set good intentions as well as enhance self belief, confidence and mental well-being. Daily affirmations promote a positive mindset, gratitude and confidence. Saying daily affirmations at the beginning of each day will form a positive habit and set a positive intention for each day.
MY FAST THOUGHTS ARE SLOWING, MY BREATHING IS BECOMING DEEPER AND SLOWER, I AM IN CONTROL
I LOVE MY BODY AND EVERYTHING IT DOES FOR ME
NOT EVERYDAY HAS TO BE PERFECT BUT I WILL FIND PERFECTION IN EVERYDAY
I WILL ALLOW MYSELF TIME TO HEAL
I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON MYSELF
I AM LOVED
I TRUST THAT EVERYTHING WILL WORK OUT FOR ME IN THE END
I AM OKAY TAKING ONE DAY AT A TIME, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEED
MY HEALING, MY SPACE AND MY BOUNDARIES ARE IMPORTANT
I CHOOSE TO RESPECT MYSELF, MY BODY AND MY BATTLES
I AM STRONG
I AM PUTTING ME FIRST
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