Before Breast Cancer Awareness month ends, I wanted to write a post sharing my self care tips. I have no experience in dealing with cancer, but I do regularly practice self care and relaxation for my mental health. It’s so important if your body is battling cancer, to look after your own wellbeing and do things that you enjoy and that nurture your mind.
According to the Self Care Forum, “Self Care is the actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness”. It’s about comforting yourself, doing things that calm and relax you, and taking time out just for you.
Have a bath
If you don’t regularly have baths, you’ll be amazed at the power a bath has. Lying in hot water, with a relaxing or anti-stress bath oil or bath bomb, will completely relax your muscles and calm your senses. Take time with your baths. They should be a ritual and last at least half an hour. Light some candles, read a novel whilst you soak, or watch an episode of your favourite feel-good TV show. Bathtime should be a slot in your evening when you are not disturbed and get some real ‘me-time’.
Start a scrapbook or journal
Start an activity that allows you to get creative and celebrate what is good in your life. Start a scrapbook or a journal, with your thoughts, drawings, doodles and memories. You can keep it as simple or as decorative as you like, but if you enjoy crafting, there are lots of scrapbooking materials that you can buy to make it really unique. An activity like this forces you to concentrate on thinking about enjoyable things you’ve done, fun places you’ve been, and the strong, supportive people in your life who make even tiny moments matter.
Bake some treats
Why not think about your favourite sweet treat and then bake it instead of going out and buying it. Baking it also a ritual and it requires concentration on the recipe, and engaging in comforting activities such as kneading the dough. Really focus on enjoying the process of baking – lick the spoon, take time mixing the ingredients together and inhale the smell of your creations in the oven. Then once you are finished, you can sit down with a cup of tea and eat them.
Practice sleep meditations
Make bedtime as comforting and relaxing as you can. Fill your bedside table with flowers, candles and aromatherapy sleep aids. Keep the light low and settle down with your favourite book and a hot water bottle. Getting lost in the world of a novel is a great way to make your mind and body sleepy. Then, when you are ready to go to sleep, try out some sleep meditiation apps, that focus you to concentrate on your breathing and relaxation of your muscles, instead of the worries in your head.
Start a skincare routine
Even if you aren’t that interested in skincare and beauty products, purchasing some basic ones from the high street and setting up a little skincare routine, is another ritual that will calm and comfort you. Spend time really massaging the products into your skin and enjoying the scent of them. Facial massage has so many benefits – from anti-aging, skin firming effects, to simple relaxation. It’s also an act of caring and nurturing yourself, which is so important if you are facing cancer.
For help with understanding cancer, the NHS or private cancer treatment centres such as The LOC, can offer you lots of information, help and advice on their websites. You can also call the Macmillan cancer support helpline on 0808 808 00 00 for further emotional support.
This is a sponsored post with The LOC, but all opinions are my own.
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