This last month has been incredibly difficult for me, the death of a loved one completely changed my perspective and outlook. The process of grieving has been hard and not something I have ever had to process since becoming an adult. It’s difficult and there’s no set pattern to go through to get to the other end.
So I’m sharing a few self-care hacks that I’ve been trying to make myself feel slightly better and allow myself to have the time to self-indulge. Which I think is important to do when going through an emotional time.
DAY 1 – GET OUTSIDE
Turn off all tech knowledge and just go for a walk. Walking around a park or nature reserve really allows you to appreciate the nature around yourself. Just being yourself around nature allows you to really think, without any distractions and refocus what is important in your life.
DAY 2 – BE KIND TO YOURSELF
choose to practice self-compassion no matter what the situation Be kind to yourself all day. Appreciate yourself and how far you’ve come and how well you’re doing.
DAY 3 – BE THANKFUL
I’ve been practising this a lot. Every time I think of something to be thankful of, I’ll spend a while really appreciating what or who I’m thankful for.
DAY 4 – SORT OUT STRESS
I’ve spent the last couple days organized my workspace and decluttering and with that I’ve instantly become less stressed and I feel happier because I’ve worked on something for me.
DAY 5 – WRITE IT DOWN
So with my situation – I have spent time locked away writing a letter for my relative that has passed and focusing on all the good memories that we shared. This letter has now been buried with them. For me, it brought a sense of clarity as I was able to personally say goodbye and release all my feeling by writing.
DAY 6 – REACH OUT
Reach out and talk to those you love. Talking is incredibly cathartic. So find someone you trust and care about and unload. Whether they have a difference of opinion or agree with you, it doesn’t matter. All yourself to connect and unload. Talking with my mum and my friends has been incredibly stress relieving and actually very beautiful as everyone has shared something relatable.
DAY 7 – RELAX AND RESTORE
By relax and restore, I mean pamper yourself with sleep and a relaxing bath. I think those two things work a treat. Sleeping allows you and your body to repair and boosts your immunity. Don knock it and make sure to get enough sleep! With bathing, I always like to use lavender scents as I swear it calms me everywhere!