For my last post for Maternal Mental Health Matters Week I am doing a collaboration with the wonderful Lucy from the blog Mrs H’s Favourite Things. We have both had quite the journey with our mental health and we are both Mummy’s too. We know how important it is to look after yourself when you are suffering with your mental health especially when you’re a Mum. It is not just important to look after yourself, not only when you are feeling low but also when you are doing okay because it is often when we stop looking after ourselves that things like anxiety can rear their ugly head. Unfortunately when you are a parent you tend to put yourself at the bottom of the list but it is important to put yourself at that top of that list because when you have little people relying on you, you need to be okay too. With all this in mind we are sharing our top 10 self care techniques with you today.
1 – Reading – Picking up a book is often the last thing on my mind and something which I often don’t think I have time for. However, reading really does help my anxiety. Escapism is a wonderful thing and reading can do that for you. It helps to refocus your busy mind and enter into someone else’s world for a while. I also find it is a great thing to do before bed rather than scrolling through my phone. I have made it my mission this year to read more and it’s definitely helping.
2 – Fresh Air – Don’t underestimate the power of half an hour of fresh air. When I feel anxiety creeping in now my go to thing to do is to go out for a walk. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not out on a massive hike, a quick walk around the block will do but it always helps to clear my mind.
3- Pamper Evening – When I have spent the day feeling a bit low or anxious I put the evening aside for me. I set myself up in my bedroom with something good on TV, a face mask and my gel nail kit and try to relax. Just having an hour or so spoiling myself really can work wonders for my mood. It’s hard not to feel guilty about doing this if you know there is a pile of washing downstairs that needs sorting or the kids lunches to sort but that will still be there in the morning and I feel in a much more motivated place to do it all after a nice pamper session!
4 – List Writing – Suffering from anxiety means I have a super busy mind all of the time. Sometimes I just need to write everything down that is whizzing around my brain. Part of my self care is writing a list every day of everything I need to do or want to do. It might not sound very luxurious but it clears my mind and reassures me that everything is down on paper so I won’t forget about it. I treat myself to new notepads and pens for this too so it feels like something for me.
5 – Early Night – An early night isn’t always easy to get when there is housework to do, emails to answer, friends to message but sometimes you just have to hold your hands up, admit you can’t do it all and get into bed. Sleep is one of the best medicines and I know I always feel more able to face the world after an early night.
So there are my top 5 self care techniques but there are 5 more over on Lucy’s blog so head over there now to read her top 5 and make sure you stay and have a good read of her blog too.