Self-care is something that many people struggle with. Setting aside the time to look after yourself may not always seem possible. However, self-care is not just about making major lifestyle changes, it can be simple, little things that help you feel a little better. If you are chronically ill, try these four simple practices for a happier and healthier life.

1. Enjoy a hobby

Having a relaxing hobby can be a great way to incorporate self-care into your life. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this hobby will act as a stress relief and offer you comfort. Try something non-taxing, so you can do it even if you’re tired. Some favourites include reading, colouring and writing in a journal.

2. Treat yourself

Little treats here and there are a perfect way to give yourself a little self love and care. This can be kept small and simple, such as enjoying a cup of tea with a slice of cake, ordering your favourite takeaway so you don’t have to cook, or having a bath. It doesn’t need to be anything frequent or extravagant, just something to give yourself a little boost.

3. Take a nap

Don’t punish yourself for needing to nap. Being chronically ill is draining, physically and mentally. If you need to take a break, take one. You can keep your nap short, if you’d prefer, but allow yourself to have it. Sometimes your body just needs to recharge, and it’s okay to let it.

4. Meditate

Often people think meditation requires a set amount of time, and put it off because they think they can’t fit it in to their day. In fact, you can meditate for as little as 10 minutes and still feel the benefits. It can take a while to get used to meditating, but there are plenty of resources out there to help you, including mobile apps. Meditation can help you relax and find peace.

If you’re struggling with your chronic illness, and would like advice on self-care or other tips, then contact us ( at the Health Psychology Clinic today to see how we can help you.

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