Hello Strangers on the internet !
I hope you are taking care of yourself.
Today I wanted to talk about the things I have done today to keep myself sane and for my general well-being really.
- I got out of bed shortly after I woke up. Sounds silly but this small little practice has helped me for the past 6 to 8 months. It has been truly life changing. By nature, I am a night owl. I am most productive in the evening and night time. I used to stay up till 4 – 5 a.m. No, it’s not a quality that I am proud of because at night my demons come out. Dark thoughts haunt me and I spiral very easily into worst case scenarios which spike up my anxiety and lead to self destructive actions/behaviours. So yeah, I woke up early ish after a good night of sleep.
- Today, exceptionally, I tried my best not to go on Instagram or Twitter for the first chunk of my morning. It was refreshing and my brain felt silent. Yes, silent. As soon as I go on social media, the noise starts. The little self sabotage, the nosy aunty, the parent who constantly compared you to other people as a child (and still on some occasions!), the venomous snakes that pretend to be your friends, the toxic ex – all their voices come in! So yeah, today I chose not to go on social and not to let those voices come in.
- I did some light yoga to stretch my shoulders and back! I have been spending too much time hunched over my computer and it felt really good!
- I decluttered and cleaned my room! I hate clutter! I love space and light. I got rid of old things. I truly believe that you have to get rid of the old in order to make space for the new (quoting my guide Chris Corsini here). If you keep filling your current space with junk, at some point, there is no room for new, positive and fresh things. Clutter around means clutter in your mind!
- I read for a couple hours! Reading has been helping me a lot lately. Entering someone else’s world as an onlooker and watching things unfold without actively participating is strangely comforting. Also helps distract my brain from thoughts that lead to anxiety and stress.
- Finally, I am writing this on my blog ! Maybe it might help someone, probably myself in the future when I re read this.
I have been struggling with mental health issues ( not gonna go into all the details in this post – maybe future posts) and I have spent a major portion of my life looking for ways to cope or find a way to end them. By now, I know not to resist and not to look for short cuts. It takes A LOT of time to heal! More often, it is the consistent things, the little things, the mundane things, the little healthy habits that you form along the way that help rewire your brain in the long term. Habits are like muscles. If you do not work them, they become mush.
Anyway, those are the things I did for myself today. I did other stuff too but those had nothing to do with self care or me time. Penning off,