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Self Care

Thursday, August 16, 2018

I have several mental illnesses and so self care is very important. Well, because of my recent severe anxiety I have not been taking care of myself very well. I've missed doses of medication, which makes things worse (don't worry, I'm back to taking everything, everyday!). I have not showered in 4 days, thank God for dry shampoo. I've not worn makeup, or worked out or any of my self care/ coping mechanisms. I've been saying I was going to take a nice hot bath with epsom salt and lavender for days now and have not. Today I will, even if I have to do so in the middle of the day!

I saw my psychiatrist and he upped my anxiety meds, I'm hoping that helps I see him back in a month to see if it is helping. And to see how my sleep is going. We are slowly taking me off of one of my meds that helps me sleep (I have bad insomnia) but it causes weight gain and I don't need/want that while I'm trying to lose weight.

So I'm going to try my best to do something for self care every day, or maybe several something. I can't keep ignoring that I need to take care of myself. I'm already worn thin from all that is going on with my anxiety, CPTSD, and panic attacks.

Examples of self care/ coping skills:

Take a hot bath with scents and epsoms salt
have some hot tea and relax
read a book
simple self care daily care such as showers and brushing teeth
taking meds on time
chalk pastels

The list could go on quite a bit, I'm going to pick three things and do them for myself today. One thing I'm going to do is splurge on a latte from Starbucks. I should not, but I need something that says I'm worth it, and that is what I'm wanting. Don't worry, I get a plain latte, no flavor syrups and add splenda instead of sugar.

I'm off to my therapy appointment, my anxiety is about a 8-9, so wish me luck driving. Fortunately she lets me bring my puppy, so I'm super pleased to be able to have my shotgun rider beside me. She cuddles up to me and makes driving just a little less anxiety inducing.

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    take care of you! make time for your self care - it is so important. praying you through this!
    772 days ago
    Hang in there!

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!

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    Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.”
    Norman Vincent Peale
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    772 days ago
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    anymore. Good luck with everything!!
    772 days ago
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    Anxiety is not a nice roommate! And sadly she's one you can't kick out, but she can be silenced some and that is good. I have that stupid roommate and she likes to talk a lot, but thanks to the right side medication (for me) she doesn't say much
    772 days ago
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