1. Take a long hot shower, followed directly by hopping into some clean pjs or comfy clothes and hitting the couch (or even a... 64 Ideas for Self Care When Life Gets Hard

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1. Take a long hot shower, followed directly by hopping into some clean pjs or comfy clothes and hitting the couch (or even a freshly made bed!)

2. Write a gratitude list like this one

3. Ask for a cuddle. Stick with it for 12 seconds for a real sense of connection. A study published in 2015 suggests that, in addition to making us feel connected with others, hugs may actually prevent us from getting sick

4. If I’m getting stressed or pressured I force myself to slow down and do my nails: strip, file, buff, protective coat and then final colour. Takes 1 hour – Sheran

5. Eat chocolate

6. A recent study has shown the mental health benefits of living near the seaside. We can’t all live by the seaside, but I highly recommend heading down to the beach or some other scenic place to watch the sun rise or sun set. The fresh air will do you a world of good. Jeremy likes to find a nice place like a lake to sit and listen to the birds and the frogs; ‘When I lived close to the beach I would sit and watch the sunset and listen to the waves crash on the shore trying to wash away the negativity with the wave sending them out to sea while I tried and catch the positivity from the wave crashing onto shore’. 

7. Take a long, slow walk

8. For me it’s journalling, reading and therapy. Whilst I do use hobbies, nature and friends to help give my mind a break, for me what ultimately seems to help is making sense of what I can gain from life being hard  – Ellen. Here’s some ideas to inspire your journalling. And if you don’t know how to get started, check out these tips!

9. Hunker down and read a good book. If it’s cold out, snuggle into a cozy blanket. If it’s warm, head outside with a rug and get some vitamin D – just remember a hat and sunscreen!

10. Take a nap. In my opinion, naps solve almost everything!

11. Colour! Adult colouring books are the bomb… or at least I think so! This is my favourite colouring book.

12. Pick up the telephone and talk to someone

13. Book yourself in for a pamper session. Get your hair done, get a manicure or pedicure, or maybe treat yourself to a massage! If you can afford it, hit the day spa for a whole day of pampering!

14. Pray – JoAnn aka The Glam Whisperer

15. Watch a funny movie, or if you need a good cry, a sad movie. And then there’s a good old mindless chick flick…

16. Cry your heart out

17. Binge watch your fave TV series

18. Hit the open road and go for a drive with the music up loud

19. Depending on the issue, a good walk, write or journal, make a list of pros and cons if it’s a tough decision I’m faced with, maybe go sit somewhere picturesque like the beach and sometimes a great chat with a close friend probably over a vino 🍷 and a good laugh 😃 – Debbie

20. Just say no. Here’s why it’s so good and how to learn to do it!

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