Over the last couple of months I’ve been reminded of the importance of looking after yourself. Self-care has increasingly become a buzzword and with good reason.
We have so much competing for our attention in today’s world. So many messages to read, things to do and … it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed sometimes. When you add a food allergy or intolerance to this mix and you have another thing to think about self-care becomes especially important.
So here are a couple of tricks and tips that I have picked up to look after myself over time.
Listen to what you need – there are so many ideas out there on how to take better care of yourself but this is my number one piece of advice. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole of thinking I should be doing this or I should be doing that but actually listening to yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Do what makes you feel good. If you want to watch TV for a bit go ahead. If you want to take a nap do it. No judgement.
Keep social – It can be hard to get out and about and do something for the fun of it when you’re feeling stressed. However, it’s at times like these that we need our friends the most. (sorry, for the cliché but it’s the truth!) Above all do activities that you enjoy with the people you love. Or join new clubs and meet new friends.
Keep eating right – this is especially important with food allergies. I blog about my experience of this in another blog post here. In short though eating healthy, which can be especially challenging with a food allergy, will help you to improve your mood and will also give you more energy.
Get outside – we all know that exercise makes us feel better. This can honestly be any kind of exercise from a walk to a run to a gym class. Being in nature also helps. So if you are ever feeling a bit overwhelmed get outside and smell the flowers.
And last, but not least, talk to people – if you are ever feeling down or overwhelmed then there are so many people you can reach out to from family to friends to your GP. If you are really struggling the Crisis hotline, MIND, young minds and the Samaritans are all wonderful communities that will listen to you. I’ve included links to them to.
This is my reminder to you and to myself to always put health first. We only have one life and one body. Look after yourself and enjoy life.