Ways to Practice Self-Care During Tough Times

With our many commitments to our jobs, our relationships, and our personal pursuits, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the many challenges we have to face on a daily basis. It might be a bad day at work, or a fight with a spouse, or a sick family member that needs urgent care. The thing is we can acknowledge that it’s normal to have negative feelings when everything seems to be going south. 

We need to be grateful for the tough times as well because whether we are facing a global crisis like the pandemic or a personal crisis—or even a mix of both—building resilience through proper self-care practices can help us cope with stress, overcome adversity, and enjoy the better days to come. It teaches us to be more mindful of our actions and more intentional about our purpose. 

It can be a tough balancing act to ensure we are physically, mentally, and emotionally well. Some days, we just want to take a step back from all the busyness and give our mental health a well-deserved break through self-care.  

And when the going gets tough, here are a few self help tips to feel loved and supported by your greatest cheerleader and support system- yourself! We must always remember that the tough times will not last forever and that the adversities we face will make the good times all the more sweeter. 

Being More Mindful of Our Surroundings

It’s easy to get lost in a flurry of activities that you may feel like everything is a blur. When you feel it’s getting too busy to handle, take a deep breath and reevaluate your priorities in life. One of the grounding techniques used when it comes to managing the stress and anxiety is by being more mindful of your surroundings. 

Taking deep breaths and meditating will make you calmer and more attuned to your mental and emotional health. Surrounding yourself with good company and creating a positive atmosphere also helps attract the right kind of ambience to help you feel better. 

woman practicing meditation

Indulge Our Senses

The greatest pleasures in life is the ability to soak in the experience with our senses. It’s often said that we need to enjoy the little things. As part of the self-care practices, it makes so much sense to be in awe of the finer aspects of our life. 

Eat the Good Stuff

We are not suggesting that you eat heartily all the time but there is no reason to deprive yourself either! Part of self-care tips is eating well and eating right. Enjoying your favourite meals makes the experience richer and more fulfilling. 

Listen to Your Favourite Songs

We all have our own favourite songs to listen to and belt out on for different situations.  When you’re feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, the songs you listen to might just be the cure to release all the energy that’s been building up inside you. Singing at the top of your lungs may even be cathartic for the soul!

Get Crafty With Your Hands

There is joy to be had for things that you make with your own hands. Taking on a creative project will help boost your mood and keep your creative juices flowing. Be it calligraphy or journalling, sketching or painting, or knitting and sewing,  your hands and mind stay busy, happy, and creative. These fun activities give a sense of fulfillment and will greatly improve your mood!

Take A Stroll

Just going outside your house to walk around your neighborhood can be invigorating. You can already tune in to the wonders of nature by watching the clouds drift by, feeling the sunshine on your skin and soaking on that much needed vitamin D, listening to the wind sing through the trees, and relishing the medley of colours from your surroundings. A leisurely walk clears your head while enjoying nature helps us feel grounded and relaxed. 

woman on bicycle having fun in autumn park

Enjoy The Solitude

People may think that we always need to be with somebody in order to feel complete and happy but that shouldn’t deter you in seeking your own version of happiness. Part of mental health self-care is being comfortable in your own company. You get to know yourself more, think more clearly and train yourself to be a better person with awareness for the things around you.

Turn Off The Negative Thoughts

Let’s face it, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies in our lives and change is an inevitable part of it. Many aspects of the changing world are outside our control. While it can be challenging to acknowledge railing against events and circumstances that are beyond your control, it will only drain you of energy and leave you feeling anxious and hopeless. 

Why not instead focus your energy on the things you can control and will generally result in a more positive outlook.  By accepting your situation, you free up your time and allow yourself to devote your energy to the things that matter.  These self-care practices help you focus on moving forward to brighter and better days. 

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