living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
Am I the only one who when having a flare up my self care just goes out the window?
During a flare for me I tend to just not do anything and wallow in self pity. It's not the most healthy thing to but it's just what happens. As soon as the pain starts rolling in I turn into a hermit and hibernate for a few hours (days..)
To try combat this problem I have going on I came up with a list of things to do when I'm feeling horrible to make myself feel somewhat better. Whenever I have a long flare when I've spent a lot of time in bed, or am feeling depressed, I refer back to this list to help me get back on my feet.
Get somewhat clean.
I'm gonna be honest here, when I'm having a flare my hygiene seriously lacks. I just don't have the motivation to shower at all and things that should be done, just don't get done. Brushing your teeth or washing your face are two simple tasks that we tend to neglect when we are sick. I always feel a million times better once they are done. If you can't shower, try having a bath.
Clean hair also helps.
I tend too feel worst when my hair is dirty so I always try to wash my hair or brush it when I'm sick. If I'm too sore to stand up in the shower myself, I'll get Leo to help by shampooing my hair with a jug while I sit in the tub. I'll usually chuck my hair into french braids (Mum helps me out with this sometimes) that way I don't have to worry about a dreadlocks forming from tangled hair.
Let the outside in.
If you can, go sit outside. Vitamin D is so good for you and your endorphins. If this isn't possible, open up your curtains and crack open a window. Seeing the outside world, and letting in natural light has scientifically been proven to help beat the blues!
Get into clean pyjamas.
As I said before, I'm a bit of a hermit when I get sick. I will wear the same pjs, all day, everyday, for days on end. As you can imagine, they get pretty gross. Getting changed into cleans pjs is a great feeling, especially if you need to feel refreshed. If you want to feel extra cozy, chuck them in the dryer before you pop them on.
Connect with others.
Talking to someone on the phone can make you feel human again. Connecting with friends or family can help alleviate anxiety which is awesome. Talking to someone who you are comfortable around means you can let out how you're feeling and they can offer support. If you're up for it, go grab a coffee (or some form of beverage) with someone for a catch up.
Listen to something.
Everyone has that one album where they love every song on the album. Mine is "You," by Dodie. I love every song on the album and will never get sick of it. Just listening to it improves my mood. If music isn't really your thing, listen to a funny podcast. I love the "Jenna and Julien" podcast.
Help yourself, help yourself.
You want to be helping yourself as much as possible so if you are meant to be taking prescribed medications, take them. Attend your therapy or doctors appointments. Pick up any prescriptions needed. Boring self care like this is often the most important.
It's so important to take care of yourself, even when you can't be bothered. Remember self care isn't selfish. You should never feel guilty for taking time for yourself.