Celebrate Small Acts Of Self-Care.

As a survivor of mental illness and endometriosis, occupational therapist Hannah Daisy knows what it’s like to struggle to get out of bed in the morning.

“At times I have felt very tired and even small tasks have felt overwhelming.” Daisy says.

It’s a feeling that many who live with an illness, disability or mental health issue can identify with. Facing the daily to-do list of run-of-the-mill tasks like making the bed, washing the dishes, and doing the laundry can feel especially onerous – but those small acts of self-care can also bring us more comfort and improve our wellbeing.

That’s why Daisy, 32, has launched her “#BoringSelfCare” illustration series, which aims to celebrate the small victories of accomplishing daily acts of self-care.

“I started noticing that online, self-care was talked about in a very different way, often only about nice lovely things you can do for yourself, like a bubble bath, a massage, buying nice crystals, etc. In my profession, we talk about self-care involving a much wider range of ‘occupations’ or things you have to do every day. For example, doing the dishes, washing, dressing, housework and laundry,” Daisy says.

Ms Todd urges for people to

“Please be easy on your friends and family that have trouble getting up the energy to clean, hang out, or take care of themselves,” adding: “And please, please take them seriously if they talk to you about it. We’re trying. See? I brushed my hair today.”

Daisy, who has worked in the mental health field for 10 years, says Ms Todd’s experience reflects the reality of many people struggling with depression and other debilitating illnesses, disabilities and mental health issues.

That’s why she believes it’s important to celebrate small acts of self-care.

“I think it’s especially important for those living with chronic illness or mental health problems because people still need to find a way to navigate doing basic tasks.

“I think it can help to think about it, especially if you have to calculate how much energy you have, but also to know that there is worth in doing boring tasks and that boring tasks can be an act of caring for yourself.”

“I think beating yourself up is one of the worst things you can do,” the occupational therapist adds.