30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 3

Ok so I’m genuinely surprised how hard this is to remember to make time for myself to do about 20 minutes worth of self care in my entire day. But it is such an amazing feeling as I do this list and that I am learning not to judge good or bad reports on my ability to accomplish but that it is something I am successful at because I am trying.

My picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I started a 15 minute guided one, and managed about 3 minutes until my distraction was pulled by people around. So far this is my biggest opportunity for growth.

Grateful for – 1. dinner with my boyfriend 2. liking my mom 3. bubble baths

TED talk – This fell through today, but I watched Youtube videos on healthy habits and routines, which was just as lovely.

Yoga – I managed to go a little bit longer and a little bit deeper into my stretches! It felt really nice with my music going, and a lot of deep breathing. I will definitely get back there.

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30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 2

So yesterday was day 2 of my challenge. You can find my previous post outlining what I’m doing here. I would say yesterday was semi-successful.

My picks again were:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

The rundown:

Meditation – I did not manage to get to it.

Grateful for – 1. my decent health 2. the ability to drive 3. personal phone calls

TED talk – I watched a 10 minute ‘inspiration’ on my TED app (All it takes is 10 mindful minutes) about meditation. He was a great speaker and it was really interesting. Totally captivated me.

Yoga – I’m still gentle due to being post-surgery, and my dogs really wanted to be apart of it. So my down dog became “tackle the owner” but it was nice to stretch and still ease myself back into it.

30 Day Self-Care Challenge | Day 1

I have been loving Pinterest and searching different self-care and self-love routines. I found a 30 day challenge with a list of over 100 ideas for small self-care acts and you are supposed to integrate a couple into your everyday. So I’m going to give it a go.

My Picks:

  1. Meditate for 5-10 Minutes a Day
  2. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  3. Watch a TED talk
  4. Yoga

 

So I will do these everyday, and post my struggles and successes for each for 30 days.

Meditation – I have dogs and they are needy, but I love them and even with the distraction I managed 5 minutes. It makes me totally refocused and happy.

Grateful for – 1. my dogs 2. garden fresh tomatoes 3. family time

TED talk – I watched a 3 minute inspiration on my TED app, it makes me smile and think but I had a hard time absorbing it

Yoga – I’m about 1.5 weeks post surgery so it was a very gentle, restorative flow with minimal movement but enough to stretch it out

 

 

 

How do you like your coffee?

I am currently sipping a brewed Keurig coffee with a little bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It’s a little strong but just what I need.

Today marks the day I start a self-love journey. I am so tired of comparing myself to others and just not feeling healthy in general – so it’s time to make a change – and I’m excited. I’m working with a wellness coach and today we met for the first time and she is lovely. You know when you just get a good vibe? Yup I am feeling hopeful.

Sure I’d love to lose weight (that medication often makes hard to lose) – but she said something that made me think a lot and come to the conclusion; that why do we as a society focus on weight loss and not overall health and happiness?

I am always looking for the next goal, “ok once I do this I’ll feel good”. But why not make lifestyle changes and plan for longer term happiness and work on myself from within?

Well I am going too. Starting today.

 

Unwind Routine

After a long day of work or school or both, mentally we all need a way to unwind and relax for the night. I have found it essential for my mental health to follow a routine, and no I am not always great at doing it but when I do I feel so much better and sleep so much deeper. So here’s what I do on my perfect unwind:

  1. Declutter. Meaning I wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher, I put away food or clothes, or just throw out the garbage. Very minimal but just enough to leave me with that productive/clean feeling.
  2. Tea. I am a coffee drinker. But tea at the end of the night (my favourite being peppermint or chamomile) is just a nice way to have something warm without a lot of extra calories or caffeine. It mellows me.
  3. Yoga. I do some very light yoga, some heart opening stretches, and some basic positions like downward dog, child’s pose, and anything that I feel will feel good or be relaxing. I maybe do 5 minutes – just enough.
  4. Faith. I don’t talk about it often but I find a lot of comfort in my faith and definitely if you don’t than you can skip this. But my relationship with God has been a good thing for me. So I will just go on Pinterest or my bible app and find some passages I like or enjoy and write it out in my journal.
  5. Meditation. I will do this right before I sleep, because quite honestly it usually makes me fall asleep. I have a guided meditation app and it has thousands of meditations to choose from and categories too. I usually pick a sleeping themed one, thats about 5-10 minutes and do some deep breathing and visualization. For me it’s the perfect end to the day.

 

What’s on your perfect list?

Just a Reminder

A short note:

Valentine’s day doesn’t define you if you are single, or with a partner, or causal. It’s just a day for love. So love your other, love your friends, love your family and celebrate the good times with whoever you feel like.

You are strong and amazing – definitely love yourself.

Let’s Be Serious For A Minute

I’ve touched on it before – that I’m super passionate about mental health. I love learning and knowing different disorders and how it effects an individual. Today I wanted to touch on Bipolar Disorder and some coping with manic episodes.

A lot of the key things involve prevention, but just like any other illness, episodes are not always preventable no matter how hard you work and how healthy you are. So what do you do when you feel that energy and panic rushing in?

  1. Stop. Realize this is an episode and not you. It can feel like you’re losing it, but you are not you are totally ok. Deep breathes.
  2. Reach out. Let your support team know what’s going on. Whether this be your doctor, your family, your friends, whoever is your support – reach out to them.
  3. Assess. Is this manageable? If you can bring yourself down and ride it out then just hold on, if it is worse then let someone know you need more help

Then the coping begins:

  1. Bubble bath. This instantly brings peace, light a candle or some aroma, make huge bubbles and keep it warm but not too hot. Bring a water bottle beside you too because hydration is huge.
  2. Water. Drink it. The best thing you can do is be good to your body while you’re riding out a high.
  3. Meditation. Ok yes it will be extremely difficult but even 3 minutes of zen will help calm the onset.
  4. Yoga or walking. Really any form of low impact exercise. It helps to sweat it out, but you don’t want to work yourself up.
  5. Writing. Write it out. When mania or hypomania hits it can feel like a wall of a million thoughts hit you at once. Start to write it out, it will not only slow you down but allow for some room to form in your head.
  6. To-do lists. You may feel like doing everything NOW but you are not your most productive or focused. So keep a list of stuff you feeling like you NEED to do and re-assess it at a later point.
  7. Avoid caffeine and simple sugars/carbs. Chamomile tea is amazing. And avoiding the sugars and simple carbs will help your body not to spike in blood sugar making you feel sicker. A great mindless munch for a sweet tooth is almonds. (Maybe some chocolate or yogurt covered too).
  8. Ride it out. If you have been diagnosed for awhile you know this feeling. You know it will pass and its a big wave right now but you can do this, ride it.

In the end, help yourself, and reach out for help from a support group.