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Self-Care and Mental Health
Self-care is being talked about a lot these days. With the addition of people being more open about their mental health issues, the topic of self-care comes up frequently. Several members of my Twitter circle have mentioned ADHD, my best friend has a blog about Bipolar and I’m open and honest with people about my anxiety.
My Experiences with Anxiety
Fortunately, I have found a form of self-care when I feel anxiety overwhelming me. I make an Anxiet-TEA from tea and supplements. To my chamomile tea, I add some Inositol for calming and it adds a sweet taste as well, magnesium glycinate & chloride, L-theanine, and stevia for more sweetness.
I made two recommendations for my girlfriend, who has issues with chronic pain that she said has really helped her out. Rather than buy all the supplements mentioned above she takes MagSoothe and that relaxes her before bed. Along with the MagSoothe, she uses a magnesium gel that eases pain.
How I Recharge
My focus is being very aware of what I eat and drink and making sure I don’t go from moderate “treats” to way off track of my eating habits. I make sure to budget enough to stock up on the food and supplements that I enjoy and that seem to help me combat anxiety and mental stress the most.
I also enjoy hiking and walking. There are several metro parks located in the area (urban parks funded by the county) and one even within walking distance of my apartment. When the weather is good I love to go for a good challenging hike. My favorite type of exercise. Also, it’s completely free!
My friend Jessica at the Fioneers wrote this great article on The True Purpose of Self-Care. She discusses her breaking point as well as the racial injustices observed in the summer of 2020. She also gives some great examples of how to incorporate self-care into our daily routine. I’m happy to realize I incorporate multiple steps she lists.
But What Exactly is Self-Care?
“Self-care is something that when you do it, you wake up the next morning feeling better, while numbing is something that when you wake up the next day, you think, ‘Maybe I didn’t need that extra glass of wine or dessert.”Gracy Obuchowicz, self-care coach via healthline.com
The article mentioned above, as well as many other sources, often points out the misconceptions that self-care is expensive or time-consuming. The examples listed in the Healthline article, as well as the Fioneers article, mention several examples that are neither time nor money consuming. The tea mentioned probably costs less than $0.25 per cup when broken down into servings.
Self-care isn’t making impulsive purchases, eating junk food, or consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. I’m not a professional and I am committed to not judging people’s choices in 2020. However, personally, I believe that consuming alcohol when under stress/duress elevates problems rather than alleviates them. But if you want to have a glass of wine or two when the world is falling apart during a pandemic, I won’t fault you for it.
Do you already have a self-care plan or routine? Do you meditate, walk, read, light candles, etc?
Any supplements mentioned in this and any article on this site are for educational purposes only. Not medical advice. Always consult with a certified physician before adding supplements to your diet.