Things are challenging for us all right now. During the coronavirus lockdown, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. The lives we’ve led so far have changed hugely in just a few short months. That’s why, in the current climate, it’s never been more important to look after your mental health.
Self-care is the practice of making time for you, for your physical well being, and for your mental wellbeing. In a world where so many of us are working hard for a living, and who may feel guilty if we stop even to relax for a moment or two, it’s easy to feel that any kind of self-care or relaxation is a selfish process. However, this is far from the case.
How Do I Learn to Love Myself?
Learning to love yourself, and to give yourself time and space, is not always easy. Many of us suffer from stress and anxiety, and what’s more, we may even be suffering from self-esteem problems. However, the anxious feelings we all feel are largely unfounded. There is little to no point in worrying about events which may or may not occur. All we can be in our daily lives is as careful and as responsible as possible within our own means.
To love yourself, you need to take yourself out of your own head. Take a few minutes or a moment or two each day to just sit quietly and to focus on your breathing. Where possible, start the day with a fresh glass of water, and make a list of all the things you are grateful for. Read them out loud, if you like, to reaffirm these messages.
Self-care is not just about making sure that you eat healthily, and that you get plenty of exercise. It’s about taking care of your mental health. Good mental health thrives on perspective – to get a clear perspective of where your life is and where it’s heading, you should always take a moment or two out of your day to stand back and look at where you are.
Look Forward to the Future
Life is full of near-endless possibilities. Do you have any dreams or ambitions? Regardless of what they might be, or whether or not you feel they are achievable in the short term, always keep them in mind. One of the biggest drivers for self-esteem and self-care is a maintenance of hope. It’s only you who has control over your own destiny – and no one else.
Once you realise that, you have the power to fuel your own happiness and to ensure that you have the tools to achieve your dreams, there is almost nothing you won’t be able to achieve.
Self-care is not a selfish process. We must all take time to look after ourselves, to consider our dreams, and to make sure that we are giving ourselves the self-care we all deserve.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post. If you’re seeking any further help around issues such as anxiety, trauma or general mindfulness, then be sure to get in touch with us here at Mental Wellness Counselling. Call us today on 01733 639 040 or visit our contact page for more details.