Today is a day where I am forced to go back to something I came up with years ago. To be honest, I don't need it often. I'm a very happy person and I live a privileged life compared to many others. But some days, my mental health takes a real body blow and I found I needed a checklist of things to do to try and best care for myself and recover from these times.
Sharing here, as I expect others are also feeling pretty rough right now:
- Turn off social media, doom scrolling and the echo chamber will NOT help
- Drink water
- Eat food (good food)
- Give yourself permission to not be okay
- Turn off the computer and go outside
- If able, meditate and process your feelings
This is by no means a complete list. And I am not an expert. But I wanted to share in case others might need the reminders that its okay to not be okay sometimes.