One of the recurring themes I see in my clients is a lack of self-care. This is one of the indicators that I am working with someone who is depressed. Self-care is often one of the first things to go by the wayside. By self-care, I mean the obvious as well as the things that aren’t so obvious. Obvious aspects of self-care include eating regularly, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water, and taking a shower regularly. Without these basic items being taken care of consistently, your life isn’t going to function very well.
Less obvious aspects of self-care that are often lacking include:
If you’re not engaging in these forms of self-care, your quality of life will be low, your relationships will suffer, and your health will ultimately decline.
Above and beyond these basics, there’s a whole host of other things you can do that comprise a complete package of self-care. These might include:[vc_row][vc_column width=’1/2′]
As you can see, there are many levels of self-care or emotional nutrition. When you know what you need to do to feed your body, brain, heart, and soul, your priorities become clearer, you’re calmer, and you experience more life satisfaction. Quite often, you’ll find those symptoms of depression decrease.
How about making your own list, and committing to practice at least item on it every day? Check in with yourself after a week, and again at 30 days. Note what’s changed. Keep practicing.
And if you need help developing a good self-care plan, call or text Dr. Gretchen at (310) 625-6083.
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