Self Care & A Good Cry

by Laura McKnight

Last week I had one of those days. Lately I haven’t been looking after myself as well as usual so my body told me ALL about it when my period hit! The pain was manageable but just the thought of getting up to shower seemed overwhelmingly hard, and I was uncomfortable, emotional, and absolutely exhausted.

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So I took my own advice and gave myself some time out, as hard as it was to admit that I needed it. I called in sick to work, got some extra sleep, made myself blue tea in a pretty teacup that was given to me by a beautiful friend, and had some homemade chicken soup (luckily some was in the freezer, because microwaving something was my limit!)

I tried listening to music and meditations, going outside to get some sun, using essential oils, and cuddling my fur babies. It all helped a bit but I was still stuck in my own head and feeling miserable and frustrated because my normal methods weren’t working.

Then I went to my acupuncture appointment… where I burst into tears and cried nearly the whole hour! I was embarrassed and felt like I’d ‘failed’ by losing my normally positive attitude. But after that I finally started to feel better. Much better. And I realised that I hadn’t cried in a long time, but sometimes a good cry is the most cleansing thing you can do!

So if you’re having a bad day and all the feel-better tips aren’t working for you, there’s no shame in letting it all go and letting it all out. In fact sometimes that’s the best thing!

P.S. If it’s more than just a bad day and you need support, please reach out. Whether it’s a friend, someone from your community, or anyone you trust. You can also get in touch with Lifeline or give them a call on 13 11 14. You’re not alone, Sweetheart! xx

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