Holiday Self Care Toolkit – Strategies and support for the long weekend
Long Weekend Self Care
As it has been the Easter holidays, I’m just going to publish a short piece this week’s blog post as I have been spending my blogging time with friends and family and doing a bit of self care instead. I’m not working at the moment, and as I am on my own when all my friends are at work, I like to capitalise on the fact that they are available to do things with me when I have the most energy.
I also like to increase my self care during the holidays, because when you have a chronic illness, every day can feel the same. While the rest of the world is on vacation, I can feel like it’s just another day on the hamster wheel. For this reason, it’s important for me to make time for some extra self care. Give myself a little Spoonie holiday.
Self care can include anything you enjoy doing and gives you a chance to recover your body and mind.
My 10 favourite self care activities that I have been enjoying this long weekend.
1. Drinking my morning coffee in my favourite chair by the window while listening to the radio;
2. Having long hot showers along with the calming scent of my cherry blossom shower gel;
3. Doing long Yin yoga sessions with lots of props so I can let go and relax completely;
4. Cuddles with my dog;
5. Listening to podcasts or audio-books while sitting in my hanging chair;
6. Listening to uplifting music;
7. Watching really really bad reality TV;
8. Watching David Attenborough documentaries, anything marine related is
9. Going to the dog park with my friends and watching our dogs play;
10. Clocking up some gaming time.
If you are ever in crisis during the holidays, there is always support available to you.
I also want to acknowledge that holidays can be a very lonely time for many.
I want everyone to know that you are never alone. There is always someone to talk to, 24/7.
A great resource I have come across is the global crisis line directory available through the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
In the event of a Mental Health Crisis, you can contact your local crisis assessment and treatment team (CATT).*
For 24-hour non-crisis medical information, you can speak to a medical professional at Health Direct on 1800 022 222.*
As a Mental Health peer worker, I always recommend keeping crisis, emergency and support numbers saved in your contact list, so you have the number on hand when you need it.
And remember never feel afraid or ashamed to reach out. We all need help and support from time to time, and there is always someone out there who is happy to provide it.
Lastly, you always have your peer networks available to you thanks to the World Wide Web.
One of the positive things that I have gained from having Multiple Sclerosis is the support of the online MS community. We are a global family who supports each other through the difficult times and laughs together at the situations we can get ourselves into. This goes for the Spoonie community as a whole in fact, regardless of your diagnosis. I am so fortunate to have each and everyone in my support network.
Always in my thoughts,
What are some of your favourite self care activities?