OW, and self care
Thursday, August 16, 2018
I went to set down my dog's water bowl, and there is part of the stairs that juts out a little, I flopped over to set down the bowl and banged my head on the jutting out part, which happened to be a corner. So my head has a big gash on it that took a while to get to stop bleeding, I have a horrible headache, but DH checked and I don't have a concussion, thank goodness, I hit it pretty hard.
So, head pounding, gash aching, my dog looked like she was going to pass out. So I was going to take advantage of that and take a nap. Only she woke up the moment we got in the room, so I decided to take that long awaited for hot bath. Oh how wonderful it was! I put lavender oil on myself afterwards to help with relaxing and there was lavender in my bath too. My anxiety is down to a 5, which is the lowest it has been in weeks. Self care really works. I may take another bath tomorrow. Or at least put some lavender on to help me relax. I even put a dab right under my nose so I could smell it really good.
Tomorrow I'm going to drink some hot chai for when I first wake up and take some time for me to read and drink my chai. My therapist wants me to read some specific books in the Bible over the next week and really work on self care. I'll probably take another hot bath tomorrow and add some hot mint tea to go with it. I'll shave my legs, which I have not done in weeks... I think I'll paint my nails if I have time. So many things to choose from for self care, but the question is, which ones will I actually follow through with. I was so anxiety riddled that I didn't shower for 4 days. Dry shampoo was my friend. Still so glad I took that bath!
Self care can be as simple as taking a shower or brushing your teeth. Or it can be more elaborate like a scented bath with candles. I just took a normal bath with lavender epsom salts. I'm so ready for bed now! But my puppy is still wide awake. Self care is important for someone with anxiety, PTSD and bipolar or any disability really. It's as important as taking your medication, in my humble opinion. When I remember to do self care, I do so much better.