What Self-Care Looks Like for Someone With a Mental Illness

 

A couple of weeks ago I sat down to write a post about how I practice self-care. After staring at a blank screen for quite some time, I abandoned the post. I could not think of a single way that I practice self-care. I don’t take baths or do yoga. Today I stumbled upon this tweet:

 

 

While I do find burning candles in my room relaxing, that is by far the least helpful way I practice self-care. This tweet made me realize how I practice self-care every day.

 

I practice self-care by getting dressed in the morning.

I practice self-care by remembering to take my anti-depressants and anxiety medications.

I practice self-care by forcing myself to attend class and work.

I practice self-care by making sure to eat.

I practice self-care by returning my parent’s phone calls.

I practice self-care by cleaning my room.

I practice self-care by taking a shower and brushing my teeth.

I practice self-care by going to therapy.

I practice self-care by staying in contact with my friends.

I practice self-care by drinking water.

I practice self-care by trying to stay afloat despite my anxiety and depression.

 

My version of self-care isn’t lattes and bath bombs. My version is self-care is doing my best.

 

xo,

Lauren

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