For years, I have heard about how important self care is for not only those who have mental illness, but for everyone. When I think of self care, I often think of relaxing and luxurious activities, such as taking a bubble bath or getting a massage. Hannah Daisy, a mental health occupational therapist, recently started the #BoringSelfCare movement on Instagram to show that self care is not always relaxing or enjoyable. When one struggles with mental illness, doing the simplest of tasks can be exhausting; the completion of these tasks should be celebrated and never overlooked as self care, because ultimately they are contributing to your wellbeing. Daisy includes tasks such as “went outside,” “took medication as prescribed,” “asked for help,” and “did the dishes” amongst many others (see featured photo).
Yesterday and the day before, I was in the belly of a depressive episode. I was disinterested in everything, slept more than 32 hours between the two days, and could not focus my brain enough to create coherent thoughts. It felt like my brain was absolute mush. Today, I am feeling much more lively, social, and productive.
Let’s see how different my #BoringSelfCare looks based on my mental health state.
Boring Self-Care During Depressive Episode (Two Days Ago)
- Cleaned the dishes
- Took meds as prescribed (but not vitamins)
- Texted my mom
Boring Self-Care During Remission (Today)
- Showered and brushed teeth
- Got dressed and put on make-up
- Watered indoor and outdoor plants
- Ate a healthy breakfast
- Took meds as prescribed and all vitamins
- Studied for 2+ hours
- Cleaned the dishes
- Took out the trash
- Fixed my polaroid camera
- Spent time outside (with sunscreen)
- Played with the pups
- Did two loads of laundry
- Organized closet
- Made a wellness plan
- Socialized with my housemates
- Texted multiple people back without anxiety
- Confronted someone about an issue
- Followed body-positivity Instagram accounts
- Wrote this blog post
It is obvious that I did a lot less self care (boring or not) when I was in a depressive episode, but the tasks I did deserve to be acknowledged because it was not easy for me to do these while I felt like my mind was complete mush and my body had no coordination. While I wish I could have done more, I at least did some things that contributed to my overall wellbeing and that is worth celebrating.
What boring self care did you do today?