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Self Care Tips for the Saddie Baddie

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

Self care is the practice and action of taking care of one's health.

Whether you're a survivor of domestic violence or just someone going though a really hard time, our bodies require special care and attention. Self care is such an important part in the healing process. Intimate partner violence alone affects more than 12 million people every year. While everyone's situations and stories are different, domestic violence take a serious mental, physical, emotional and sometimes financial tolls.

From bubble baths and reading to growing a support network and grounding techniques, here are 20 self care tips for survivors of domestic violence and others:

  1. Seek professional help: Consider reaching out to a therapist or counselor who is trained in working with survivors of domestic violence. They can help you process your experiences and provide you with coping strategies.

  2. Create a safety plan: If you're still in a dangerous situation, create a safety plan that includes steps to take if you feel unsafe or need to leave quickly. Keep important phone numbers and documents in a safe place.

  3. Practice self-compassion: Survivors of domestic violence often struggle with feelings of shame and guilt. Practice self-compassion by reminding yourself that the abuse was not your fault and that you deserve love and care.

  4. Connect with support networks: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups for survivors of domestic violence. Talking to others who have had similar experiences can be validating and empowering.

  5. Practice grounding techniques: Grounding techniques can help you stay present in the moment and reduce feelings of anxiety. This could include deep breathing exercises or using your senses to focus on your surroundings.

  6. Get enough sleep: Make sure you're getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to stick to a regular sleep schedule as much as possible.

  7. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. You can also incorporate other healthy fluids like herbal tea or coconut water.

  8. Exercise regularly: Exercise can help boost your mood and reduce stress. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, whether it's going for a walk or doing a workout at home.

  9. Eat a healthy diet: A balanced diet can help keep you energized and feeling good. Aim to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.

  10. Take breaks: Make sure to take breaks throughout the day to rest your mind and body. Step away from your desk or phone and take a few deep breaths or go for a short walk.

  11. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness practices, like meditation or deep breathing exercises, can help reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

  12. Spend time with loved ones: Social support is important for our mental health. Try to spend time with friends and family, even if it's just a quick phone call or text.

  13. Painting or drawing: Get creative and express yourself through art. You don't need to be an expert to enjoy this hobby.

  14. Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a great way to process emotions and gain clarity.

  15. Reading: Curl up with a good book and get lost in a story. Reading can be a great way to relax and escape from the stresses of daily life.

  16. Yoga or meditation: Practice mindfulness and improve your physical and mental health with yoga or meditation.

  17. Gardening: Get your hands dirty and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening. Plant some flowers or vegetables and watch them grow.

  18. Cooking or baking: Try out new recipes and enjoy the process of preparing a meal or baking a treat for yourself or loved ones.

  19. Photography: Take your camera or phone and explore the world around you. Capture moments that bring you joy or that you find beautiful.

  20. Dancing or movement: Get your body moving and release any pent-up energy through dancing, stretching, or another form of movement.

Practicing self care is such an important factor for healing with domestic violence survivors and others. Not getting the help you need or taking care of your health can lead to serious health effects such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, eating disorders and suicide.

By implementing these tips, you will become the most beautiful being you were born to be! And you're never alone! There is a whole community ready to support and comfort you!

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