Monday, March 4, 2019

MHM-Self Care

Monday Monday Monday! I'm going to be doing a new Monday thing on here, that I usually do on my Instagram, and that's Mental Health Monday! Hurray! I've made really big strides in taking care of my mental illness that includes a new type of therapy, a new and better diagnosis, and a treatment plan to actually work through the issues that I've struggled with my whole life. I'll do a post on all that later on, because today I want to talk Self Care. It's something I've talked about before, but I'm really prioritizing little movements of self care.
 We finally are starting to live in a world where people are recognizing how vital self care is. Often self care gets mistaken for candle lit baths, and pedicures. Don't get me wrong, those are absolutely self care routines, but they're not my main ones. My self care is often small little victories. Saying no to a dinner with people you don't enjoy being around. Cleaning your bathroom. Throwing away things that make you sad... Little things that cause big emotions, in a good way. Lately I've been focusing on the little tidbits of self care that I've been doing. It's things that so many people overlook, but when you over think everything like I do, you realize that these tiny moments are things that help your mind and soul.
 So here are little self care things that have been more than a little impactful lately.

 1) I bought myself some good ass shampoo. I know this seems like the silliest thing, but I always cheap out on things for me. So instead of buying clearance Dove, I went big and spoiled myself. I bought The Purple One shampoo and the matching conditioner. Let me tell you, this is good shit. My hair looks and feels amazing. It was something that brought me joy, and took care of me.
2) I got a hair cut, and didn't feel guilty In our new town there is two salons. Both run $30 for a haircut, which honestly isn't bad... but again when it comes to myself I cheap out, and when I don't I feel guilty. I walked out of that salon feeling refreshed, and lifted. Plus my hair looked AMAZING.
3) The absolute magic that is the "Ta-Da" List... I'm a list person, so every morning I make a to-do list. I always feel like a failure when I don't finish everything I need to do. As someone with severe self esteem issues this made me drop lower. My therapist suggested making a list of everything I did that day, instead of harping on what I didn't get down. I've been doing that for a few months, but the most recent episode of my favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder talked about doing it too, and they called it a Ta-Da list. The term Ta-Da list comes from writer and podcaster Gretchen Rubin. Let me tell you how much the Ta-Da list has stepped up my self care game. I write them all down in a journal specifically for the Ta-Da list. It's so refreshing to look at all the things that I accomplish on a daily basis. They are big things, either. One of the things that I write the most, that I'm proud of is drinking water and making dinner. It's a victory that validates that I do things throughout the day, and no matter how small it's still an accomplishment. Celebrating our small victories really makes a difference in how we feel about ourselves. (Shout out to the murderinos that follow me)
4) Structured Journaling. What I mean by that is buying a journal that has promotes to promote happiness, or other self help-y things. The one I bought is called "Present not Perfect" and you can buy it HERE. I love the little messages, and promotes that truly make me slow down, and think. It's been a healing ritual for me, truly.

These really aren't big, or expensive things. It's super easy to incorporate these little changes into my day, and into yours. I can't stress how revolutionary the Ta-Da List has been for me, and I'd love to hear from you if you start it up! 

Another thing that I've been focusing on is things that actually have made me happy, so I thought I'd share them with you. This little section will be on all my Mental Health Monday posts from now on! I think it's really important to celebrate little joys.
Things that are bringing me joy this week:
- The podcast Happier by Gretchen Rubin
- Lime essential oil for my water. LOVE it.
- Kacey Musgraves album "Golden Hour"

Share your self care victories with me on Instagram and Twitter! @Lifewithtaters

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