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Krystal Emerson

5 Ways to Practice Self-Care When You're Feeling Blue

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Krystal Emerson
Krystal Emerson
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We all have those moments in life when we feel like nothing is going right and that the world is crashing down around us. It's a rough patch that won't go away no matter what you do to fix it on your own. But there are ways to take care of yourself so that you can get back on track. You know that self-love is important for your mental health, but it's hard when you're not even sure where to start.

Self-love is a skill that needs to be practiced. It's not something you do when you're feeling good; it's something that can help us feel better in all of life's moments. Why do we practice self-love? Well, because practicing self-love helps us increase our well-being and reduce tension and stress levels. What are some ways to practice self-love?

Some ways would be by being kind to ourselves, caring for ourselves the way we care for others (taking time out of each day for relaxation), and engaging in positive activities like exercise or hobbies. The truth is there are many tools available to use daily. Self-love is a practice. It's not something that you can do once and expect it to be easy from then on. There will be days where you feel like there is no hope, but the key to practicing self-love, in this case, is to keep trying. The more you try, the better it gets.

1. Take a Mental Health Break

Mental health breaks are important for your physical and mental wellbeing because when we don't take a break, our bodies can start to feel drained, which can lead to illness or even an emotional breakdown. Taking a mental health break can be hard for many people, but it is necessary for your well-being.

A mental health break is when you take some time off from work or school to focus on yourself and your own well-being. Mental breaks are just as important because they give the brain's creative center some room to breathe. It's important to remember that everyone needs the occasional mental health break because these breaks help reduce stress levels and provide an opportunity for introspection.

It's easy to let things pile up until you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious about not being able to keep up. Sometimes all you need is just a few minutes for yourself and some peace, so your mind has room to breathe again! Taking these moments out of your day makes it possible for you to achieve more without feeling guilty or worn down by stress or anxiety.

2. Recite Positive Affirmations

If you're feeling down, it can be hard to practice self-love. It's easy to feel like nothing will make a difference when everything feels so wrong. However, you can use positive affirmations to turn your mood around and start practicing self-love. If you're struggling with anxiety or depression, negative thoughts will come up repeatedly, but there are ways that these thoughts can be changed.

Affirmations help by reminding us of all the things we have in our lives worth being grateful for. Reciting positive affirmations is a great way to practice self-love when you're feeling blue. When we are in an emotional state, it can be difficult to think of anything that would make us feel better. However, if we recite positive affirmations, the act of focusing on them begins to lift our spirits and change our mood from negative to positive. 

Some people find it helpful to write them on paper and place that paper in a visible space, such as taped up on their bathroom mirror or refrigerator door. Others prefer to say the affirmations aloud like they’re talking to themselves or someone else who really needs encouragement. Either way can be an effective tool for practicing self-love so you can feel better about yourself and your life.

3. Listen To An Inspirational Podcast or Audiobook

Finding the time to practice self-love can be tough, but it's worth the effort. Self-love isn't just for when we're feeling good about ourselves. It's also for when we need a little extra boost of positivity to get through a bad day or week. 

Some people find that listening to inspirational podcasts and audiobooks can be a great way to practice self-love. Listening to something uplifting is an easy way of practicing affirmations without having the person actually say it out loud.

If you feel down, do yourself a favor and listen to some positive messages from your favorite speakers. Podcasts and audiobooks are a great way to get your dose of self-love in a manageable chunk, so you can feel refreshed and ready for anything that comes your way.

4. Treat Yourself To Something That Brings You Joy

There are tons of little ways to practice self-love by doing small things like treating ourselves to something we enjoy or taking care of our bodies somehow. Sometimes in life, we can't shake the feeling of being blue. That doesn't mean that you are not a good person or don't deserve to be happy; it's just part of how we experience and process our emotions.

 If there is something that has always been a joy for you, find time for it today. You may want to take up an old hobby like painting, read a book, watch a TV show or movie from your childhood, play with your pet, get some fresh air by going on a walk around the neighborhood.

Just do something that brings you happiness and joy. Remembering what makes you happy is a great way to show yourself some love and improve your mood when you're feeling down.

5. Write Out a List of Things You Like About Yourself

In our society, there is a lot of pressure to maintain a perfect image. Many people have trouble accepting themselves for who they are and what they look like. But the truth is, it doesn't matter how you look on the outside if you don't take care of yourself on the inside. One way to practice self-care is by making a list of things you like about yourself. 

Take some time today and think about all the good qualities that make up your personality. Write them down in a notebook or create a document on your phone, so you can always have this reminder with you throughout the day. This will help remind yourself why it's important to love who you are at every stage of life.

There are so many things that make each person special. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, but it's important to remind ourselves of our best qualities, especially when we are feeling down and in need of some self-care.