Y – Your Self Care
Why consider your self-care?
Grief and trauma are experienced in a variety of ways: emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, psychologically, behaviorally, and spiritually. Our minds and bodies can react with shock, rage, fatigue, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, mood fluctuations, isolation, forgetfulness, and loss of concentration. Making time for extreme self care is one healthy way to cope with the myriad of life-transforming changes. Many cognitive behavioral therapists recommend getting a daily dose of the acronym “GRAPES” for optimum mental health. (See the following Single Small Steps section.) Since the healing process is a marathon, not a sprint, it is imperative to stop at self-care rest stations along the way.
How does your self-care promote healing?
• By reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
• By boosting physical energy levels
• By assisting the mind with clarity, focus, and concentration
• By increasing self-esteem and feelings of self-worth
- An Invitation to Self-Care: Why Learning to Nurture Yourself in the Key to the Life You’ve Always Wanted, 7 Principles for Abundant Living by Tracey Cleantis
- Self-Care for Life: Find Joy, Peace, Serenity, Vitality, Sensuality, Abundance, and Enlightenment – Each and Every Day by Alexander Skye
- The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time by Cheryl Richardson
- Cards and Journals
- Self-Care Cards by Cheryl Richardson
- Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
- Wisdom Cards by Louise Hay
Handy to Have at Home
- Bath salts
- Essential oils
- Eye pillow
- Healthy snacks
- Self-massage roller