I get asked what self-care may look like to me. I often have found that individuals think self-care means spending money. I try not to spend money for self-care. Don’t get me wrong. I have spent money for self-care, but that is not my focus. One of my favorite ways to reduce anxiety is to look at the big white clouds in the amazing blue sky and visualize I am floating on those clouds. I think of how small this world and things within the world may look from that view. I try to see my situation from a different perspective and wonder if I were up there how would I focus on the current situation or would I find the beauty that is all around me instead of the situation that I am most likely catastrophizing. Additionally, I imagine these same clouds over the ocean and use guided imagery in relaxing my mind and muscles.
Self-care can be walking or sitting in a park and just being present. One of my favorite techniques is the grounding technique. What are 5 things I see, 4 things I hear, 3 things I can touch, 2 things I can smell, and 1 thing I can taste. This technique allows me to be present and not in my head (past or future). That is only a peak at my self-care. I look forward to hearing from others how they self-care to move through a situation.