Are you feeling burnt out this festive season? Exit the busy of Christmas & welcome in the calm with our 10 days of self-care.
Starting Wednesday 28th December & running through up to (& including) Friday 6th January 2023, mark your calendars today & be sure to set that important "me time" aside.
Where & when?
This will be a virtual self-care program, allowing you to participate in the comfort of your own home (or maybe in your friend's or family's) at a pace and time that suits you.
We will be launching one tip at 7am daily for you to try (sometime within that day, it doesn't have to be at 7am) & we will also be joining in.
What will you need?
Just yourself mainly!
We do have a few posts coming up that may (wink wink) involve gentle exercise, so of course, comfy clothes and ostomy supportwear that allow you to move freely but give you vital support & security are vital.
Of course, you can obtain supportwear from ourselves, but please be aware that any last orders before Christmas will be dispatched on 22nd December & delivered the next working day after Christmas or Boxing Day, depending on your delivery option and subject to any Royal Mail strikes.
What is self-care?
Self-care can mean different things to different people but a good way to look at it is that it's the practice of looking after yourself & prioritising your own physical & mental well-being.
Why is self-care so important?
It is SO important to put some time aside for you. This program will require no more than half an hour of your day, but it will be half an hour well invested in your mind, body and soul.
In a busy world, there can be a false belief that we must always be productive and that productivity determines how you should feel about yourself. Productivity means different things to different people and it's important to remember this.
Sometimes, for someone with a chronic illness, getting out of bed and showered can feel like quite an achievement and it's important to recognise that just because someone doesn't have a busy day or meet the societal norms, it doesn't mean they haven't been productive.
Unfortunately, being busy over a long period of time often has a cost, in the sense that we ultimately reduce or even eliminate possibilities for self care. "Burning the candle at both ends can lead to things such as burnout, mental health struggles, physical health struggles and much more.
Putting time aside for self-care has actually been clinically proven to have positive impacts on mental health, stress, improve concentration, reduce anger and negative emotions and the impact they have on us, increase happiness, improve energy... the list goes on. Physically, it can also reduce the risk of heart problems, stroke and even cancer. It can also enable us to feel more content within ourselves and our morals.
It is vital to remember that self care is all about you therefore the beauty of it is that you can include what does help you in a self-care routine and eliminate what doesn't. Everyone is different.
It may even take you a while to find out what things work for you and the thing that don't so don't be discouraged. Like a lot of things in life, self-care is also a lot of trial and error and some suggestions in our 10 days of self-care may not be for you. The important thing is to give them a go (if you are physically able to without risking injury) and see how you get on.
Even setting 15 minutes a side a day for self-care can be beneficial. Something is better than nothing. The key to self-care and finding it beneficial in the long run is adopting a consistent routine with the right intentions that works for you.
Ideas for self care
Over the course of our "10 days of self-care", we are going to share 10 ideas with you that you can try.
With self-care, there are thankfully so many things to try to promote different areas of our well-being.
Some examples are:
- Physical well-being: Take a stroll, eat healthy, take your medications, get 7-9 hours of sleep.
- Emotional well-being: Talk to someone, do something artistic, read, watch something uplifting or listen to a happy song.
- Social well-being: Keep in contact with old friends, meet a family member of friend for a coffee or a stroll, use technology where distance is a barrier, limit negative social media use and unfollow accounts that affect your mood negatively.
There are also other areas of wellness but to keep this relatively simple and less overwhelming, we have only listed 3 above.
Are you in?
Join us for our 10 days of self care (virtually), starting Wednesday 28th December & running through up to (& including) Friday 6th January 2023, mark your calendars today & be sure to set that important "me time" aside!
Any questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org & she will happily answer them.
We hope to have you join us!
Disclaimer: As always, this post is from our Social Media & Marketing Specialist, Amy's, experience of living with a permanent ileostomy, Crohn's Disease and from what she has researched. Nothing in our blog posts should be taken as medical advice. It's always best to consult a medical professional if you have queries or concerns.
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