READ ME: Self care and endometriosis
There has been a lot of talk about self care recently.
But what exactly is it?
Self care can be very simply defined as:
“The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one's own health.”
Self care is so important for absolutely everyone, BUT it is especially important for women with endometriosis. Why? Well because one common trait I see in women that have endometriosis is that they are often looking after other people and their needs over their own.
Often I only see women who have endometriosis when they actually want to conceive. They have lived with pain and suffering from their endometriosis symptoms for many years and only feel compelled to act on it when they want to bring another life into the world. Yet again putting another person above their own needs.
Self care is absolutely necessary for absolutely everyone but it is an absolutely fundamental building block of feeling better for women with endometriosis. Because part of your healing also involves recognising that YOU ARE IMPORTANT enough to deserve to feel better.
So how do you get started with self care?
Well the really great thing about it is, is self care can be exactly what you need it to be.
If you are struggling for ideas. why not try out some of these really simple ideas:
Write a to do list for the next day so you don’t feel overwhelmed
Don’t start your day by going on social media. Instead spend 10 minutes by yourself in silence having a cup of tea or coffee in bed, chatting to a loved one or a pet.
Read a book for 10 minutes
Chat to a friend
Have a nutritious meal
Journal in a notebook if you are overthinking
None of these are complex overcomplicated ideas but are super simple ideas that can help you to start to experiment with self care and help you come up with some ideas of what helps you to feel better.
These are all lovely starting points as chances are they don’t take a lot of time and also can easily incorporate into activities that you are already doing.
Once you get more comfortable with putting 10 minutes in for yourself everyday you can then start to reflect on how these small acts are impacting on your own wellbeing and perhaps treat yourself to something that involves a little bit more time.
What do you think?
Do you make time for self care and do you see it as an integral part of your toolkit for managing your endometriosis? I’d love to know.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.
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