At the beginning of the year I started taking steps to focus on taking care of my mental wellbeing. I had been dealing with some personal issues for a few years and they were starting to take their toll. The time had come for changes to be made.
Over the past few weeks I have been so grateful for this new-found knowledge, but you don’t need to have suddenly had an epiphany to be able to take care of yourself, you’re probably doing it automatically already. But just in case, here are a few extra things that can help.
As a knitter this one is kind of a given for me! Picking up the needles really helps to keep my anxiety at bay. It provides a moment of mindfulness, a chance to digest my thoughts and feelings and a sense of achievement of creating something out of nothing. Maybe you were taught to knit as a child, or maybe you have been thinking about giving it a try. Learning, or re-learning, a new skill could be a great way to help you slow down and unwind. If you are looking for some new knitting skills to add to your toolkit I have a few tutorials on the blog.
This is one that I have heard a lot of people swear by. Getting out in to nature, taking care of something and learning new skills along the way are all great ways of passing the time and changing your focus for a while. Watching something that you have nurtured start to grow and thrive really helps build confidence, and can provide you with a that warm sense of achievement.
Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate in escapism for me. For a time you are in someone else’s world, living someone else’s life. You see the world through their eyes, you are invested in them and are often rooting for them to succeed. And when you find a particularly good one you will wish it would never end.
When I asked over on Instagram what others did to unwind, having a bath came up a lot. Running a bath and soaking away the troubles of the day certainly seems to be a good way to set aside some time just for you!
If cooking or baking is something you enjoy, then spending a little time creating in the kitchen can be very soothing, and hopefully you will have something delicious to show for your efforts!
After writing this list I noticed that they all had something in common. They all require you to step away from your day to day for a while. This can be difficult sometimes, but once you find that special something that always leaves you feeling happier once you have done it, you will want to have that positive feeling again and again. What will you make time for today?