Basic Guide to Self Care

For some people, self-care is not something they have to worry about or think about, it comes automatically. But for someone with depression or anxiety, self-care is a major part of the illness, and it’s something that needs attention.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being reminded that you need a little care and attention, and that taking time out for yourself to relax, play online pokies NZ or simply have a leisurely bath can only be beneficial.

But for some people battling depression self care doesn’t involve an indulgent trip to the spa or a day lazing in the sun drinking cocktails, it’s as simple as actually getting up and having a shower, or having something to eat.

Self Care Rules to Live by

If you feel like you need a helping hand when it comes to self-care there are some simple rules that you can live by. These are by no means a cure to depression, but they can be used as a mental checklist, and, if after you have ticked them all off a list and you are still not feeling great, you’ll know that something might be wrong and you need further medical or psychological assistance.

  • Hydrate
  • Eat
  • Work out
  • Spend some time outside
  • Take a shower

These are basic self-care rules and they may not apply to everyone, but the chances are, if you are looking after the basics, you’ll be able to look after the more taxing elements, and identify them as triggers.

For some people, self care can also include not drinking alcoholic beverage, for those with anxiety it can mean steering clear of coffee, and for those who are already depressed, reading the news- especially if its bad news- is best avoided.

Taking Away Triggers

There are some misconceptions about self-care, but the aim of it is to create a stable lifestyle and to ensure that ‘normal’ daily patterns and needs are fulfilled. Self-care is not a cure at all, but it does help depressives build up a coping mechanism and to strengthen their core so they can better handle whatever life throws at them.

While basics like being hungry or thirsty may not be an issue for some people, and having the energy to get up and shower may seem like a minor thing, for someone battling with depression it can feel like climbing a mountain.

A good self-care practice can take a huge weight off your shoulders and make decisions a little bit easier. If you’re looking after yourself it is also far easier to tell when you are really struggling, as your body is well fed, clean and hydrated, and you have ticked all the small things off the list.

Sometimes a bad mood may come down to being hungry, or anxiety may be exacerbated by the fact that you haven’t gone outside all day, so by implementing these basic self-care steps you have a better chance at working out what you need, and whether your triggers are at play, or you simply need to take care of yourself a little.