On average, one in five people suffers from anxiety or depression. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. There are so many self-care activities that can help you get to a happier, healthier place from getting moving, to reaching out to other people, to find a creative outlet. There may also be times when self-care just isn’t enough.
If you’ve hit a hurdle you don’t think you can recover from, or if you’re feeling down and having a hard time motivating yourself to get back up, you’re not alone. There are a number of resources out there for just these scenarios. They’ve worked for others, and they can work for you.
01 In case of crisis
If you’re dealing with emotional or physical abuse, sexual assault, addiction, or suicidal thoughts, you can get immediate support by calling 211. 211’s services are free and confidential. More information here.
02 If you’ve lost all momentum
If you find yourself in a slump you can’t seem to get out of and aren’t sure why you feel the way you do or how to get to a better place, self-care might not be enough to get you back on track. Step one is figuring out a clear, achievable goal you can work toward. If you’re having trouble defining your goal and motivation, your Health Advisor, a therapist, or a life coach can help.
03 If you’re living with a chronic illness or personal trauma
These things take time and effort to process! Self-care activities may help you escape – but these temporary escapes may not give you what you need to get to a better place. it’s important to make sure you have the time and resources you need to work through whatever is weighing you down! If you bring this up with your Health Advisor, they wi’ll help you figure out and access the resources you need.
04 When self-care becomes a chore
Are you practicing self-care activities because they make you feel good, or because it keeps people from worrying about you and pestering you about your wellbeing? In the scenario where you’re performing self-care to please an audience, it can start to feel like a chore, and 9.9 times out of 10 you’re not getting what you need.
Take a step back. Do you need a different form of self-care, or is there something else going on you need to address? Again, your Health Advisor can help you figure this out.
05 When you’re not sure why self-care isn’t working
This is a tricky one, but an important one. Sometimes we see members with chronic fatigue related to their condition struggle with the possibility that they may be depressed. There’s a lot of overlap in symptoms. You may need to take a step back and ask yourself, what emotions am I feeling today? I’m tired, but am I sad?
If you’re just exhausted, maybe you don’t need to find a new hobby, and maybe you don’t need to find a new therapist either. Maybe you just need to make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and protein and taking regular afternoon naps.
Making time for activities you enjoy is just a piece of the puzzle. And it’s important to know that it’s okay to need more than self-care – most people do at some point, and really what you need depends on your situation! The most important thing to do is listen to your body and prioritize your health and wellbeing.
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