Self-Care

Self-care and wellness advice for mental health, including anxiety and depression. A self-care blog.

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    How To Practise Mindfulness; The Benefits of Mindfulness for Mental Health

    I’m going to be 100% honest – when I was first introduced to mindfulness as an angry, you-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do teenager, I thought it was a load of shit. I was your stereotypical angsty 16-year old, convinced that my depression was incurable and I was stuck this way forever ‘just because’. CAT couldn’t cure me. CBT couldn’t cure me. Medication seemed to have no effect whatsoever and how on earth was I going to get better by staring at my wall and breathing deeply for five minutes every day? Luckily, I discovered that mindfulness is so much more than that! There are numerous benefits of mindfulness for mental health, and it is…

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    How To Beat Insomnia; 8 practical tips for a better sleep

    So. The time is currently 3.17am. I went to bed at around 12am and woke up about 2am. For the last hour I’ve been lying in bed trying desperately to get back to sleep because I have a busy day tomorrow and I really don’t need this right now, brain! A few years ago, a night like this one would have seen me staring at the ceiling for hours. I would entertain myself by replaying bad memories, overthinking about situations that hadn’t yet happened and contemplating whether my measly existence was worth anything in The Grand Scheme of Things. Not being able to get to sleep, (or in my case…

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    10 Simple Habits of Happy People

    The idea that you can learn how to be happy simply by adopting healthy habits sounds ludicrous. Maybe even impossible. And yet, it’s important to realise that happiness is a habit that we all have to learn. Of course, some of us have to work a lot harder to find and maintain happiness. Adopting healthy habits alone isn’t going to magically cure your depression. However, the ultimate truth is that the ability to be happy lies entirely in our own hands. While that dream job, fancy car or new relationship may initially spike feelings of elation, we will always revert back to our base levels of happiness. That’s because true…

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    60 Mental Health Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery

    If you haven’t started journaling for mental health yet, I think today is the perfect day to start! Journaling – or ‘expressive writing’ – is a writing therapy that is great for self-discovery, personal development and mental illness recovery. It’s a bit like keeping a diary, but rather than just mind-dumping your chaotic thoughts, journaling for mental health encourages you to write with intention and purpose. It promotes self-awareness, growth and discovery by allowing you to acknowledge your core beliefs, values, fears and more! If you have depression or anxiety, using mental health journal prompts will have a particularly positive effect on your mental health. Journaling has been scientifically proven…

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    Create Your Own Mental Health Self-Care Kit

    This post contains affiliate links – read my full disclaimer here. So, we’ve talked about how to create the ultimate self-care checklist and even brainstormed 70 self-care activities for you to fill it with! What we haven’t talked about yet though, is my favourite thing of all – creating a mental health self-care kit! Managing multiple mental health illnesses is, frankly, a pain in the ass. My mood can crash pretty quickly, and my desire to stick to any serious self-care goals usually crashes along with it. However, having a self-care kit handy is really low-effort and perfect for those really bad days. In short, my self-care kit is a…

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    70 Self-Care Ideas For a Bad Day

    So you’ve learnt how to create the ultimate self-care checklist, but what exactly should it consist of? If you need a little bit of inspiration for some activities to fit into your routine, then I have 70 self-care ideas for you! Because I suck at self-care and get bored easily, I find it handy to have a go-to list of self-care ideas. I like to switch things up every so often to give myself the illusion that my life is spontaneous and interesting. I think it works because the other day my friend asked me what I was up to instead of just assuming that I was playing The Sims…

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    How To Create The Ultimate Self-Care Checklist

    I know that practising daily self-care is important in the pursuit of mental wellness. I know that I’ll feel better overall if I ditch the coffee for water and do some meditation before bed. I know this – so why am I always so bad at doing it? I’m the kind of person who loves to create to-do lists under the guise of productivity. I like my lists to be pretty and colour-coordinated and jam-packed full of checkable activities. The trouble is that on my bad days, to-do lists stop being friendly, motivational cues and become harsh reminders of everything that I haven’t achieved. And then, when I don’t complete…

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