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Cloud of Thoughts

Self-Care and Self-Help

Self-care is important. You have to take care of yourself. Your doctor and therapist can only do so much to help you. You have to take little steps to work towards recovery, and help yourself by avoiding your triggers. It is really not easy. Sometimes you may lapse into the whirlpool of negativity or you might still hallucinate.


 

 

 

After countless panic attacks, depressive outbursts, and hallucinations, my friend told me, “Sometimes, you have to help yourself.” I realise that she is right. Self-care is important. You have to take care of yourself. Your doctor and therapist can only do so much to help you. You have to take little steps to work towards recovery, and help yourself by avoiding your triggers. It is really not easy. Sometimes you may lapse into the whirlpool of negativity or you might still hallucinate. This feels like deja-vu, as I am writing this. I felt so stupid and hopeless when I was taking piano lessons yesterday. I had to stop my piano lessons, as I am so bad at counting and rhythym. I went home in a foggy haze, and I am trying to take a break from social media for a while. Moreover, I am down with a sore throat and flu, and my entire body feels feverish.

Self-care is:

  • Avoiding toxic and negative people who put you down
  • Telling other people that you need a break from school/work, social engagements when you are feeling down, etc.
  • Taking little steps to do something new (e.g. engaging in a hobby, trying to get out of bed for once, or taking a walk at the park)
  • Using your 5 senses to help you relax. For example, you can hug your favourite teddy bear, take a long bath and feel the water pounding against your back, or you can use your favourite aromatherapy oil to soothe your senses.
  • Positive imagery (e.g. picturing a nice scenery, or a garden, or a bathtub filled with red roses)
  • Mindfulness – focusing on one object or a thing, and letting all the difficult sensations wash over you.

It’s all about baby steps.

Self-help is:

  • Recognising the warning signs, and seeking help before things get worse
  • Having a care plan
  • Knowing your triggers and avoiding them
  • Using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques



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