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Day 37 - self care activities

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by shmps, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. shmps

    shmps Peer Supporter

    Day 37 suggests to do self care activities. I am lost what those could be ? Please share self care activities you have on your list.

  2. Andy Bayliss

    Andy Bayliss TMS Coach & Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Shweta,
    Good to hear from you again.

    Self-care can mean any action that helps you be more soothed, relaxed, more yourself, more engaged in life, more alive, more happy. It has a special name I guess because we often drive ourselves along taking care of business, or others and forget the simple things that make life worth living! It is focused on attending to our own satisfaction, not another person's happiness, but it might help others too. It often is called for when we need support in our lives.

    Here are some of mine, but each person has their own. It is fun to think of these and do them, because you become more aware of whether or not you are "taking care of yourself." You might enjoy braiding a child's hair! Who knows!

    Take a hot bath
    Take a short walk in the evening
    Call a friend to chat
    Share my feelings with a close friend if I need support
    Play my musical instruments or sing
    Eat healthy food
    Eat delicious food
    Hang out with my friends and do nothing
    Connect with people here at TMS forum by reading and posting
    Stop myself when I see I am pushing myself to extremes
    Take breaks from tedious tasks
    Walt's deep breathing
    Following my own breath
    Drawing abstract things with color
    Laying on my bed doing nothing
    Listening to music
    Participate in movement groups
    Pay for Somatic Experiencing sessions which help me enjoy my body more
    Buy a massage
    Keep my boundaries with work and relationships so that I don't give up who I am in order to be in relationship
    Disengage from the Inner Critic
    Self-Empathy practice


    Andy B.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  3. shmps

    shmps Peer Supporter

    Thanks Andy, thats a very detailed message explaining me the concept so well. Time to practice !

  4. Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021)

    Walt Oleksy (RIP 2021) Beloved Grand Eagle

    Andy's list of self-care ideas is great.

    Deep breathing really helps relax me.
    And thinking of good times with friends and family. They are like mini-mental vacations.

    I loved a 1940s British movie called "Vacation from Marriage." (A couple was separated by war
    and came to love each other all over again). It's on DVD from Netflix.

    I take a vacation from worry and fear by some of the self-care suggestions Andy lists.

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