Self-Care for Loss and Other Difficult Times

I have a pet whom I'll probably have to put down soon. These are some of the self-care techniques I've been using to get through these past few weeks. Please try them out for yourself to get through anything you might be going through these days.
  1. In a difficult situation, sometimes you can take steps to remedy it and sometimes you can't.
    If you can, then by all means do whatever you need to. But if you've done all you can, don't let yourself dwell on the situation. Do your best to distract yourself.
  2. Eat regularly and drink enough water.
    Take care of your body.
  3. Get enough sleep
    If you're feeling badly, you'll probably be more tired than usual. It's completely okay to take a nap during the day. Also, sleep is a great way to distract yourself.
  4. Decide what you really need.
    If you need to spend the day inside, that's perfectly fine. If you'd rather run errands to distract yourself, that's great too. But don't spend the day inside when you know you'd rather get things done, or overwork yourself when you know you need to take a break.
  5. Distraction methods!
  6. Make some tea or coffee.
    Add any flavoring you want. Pay attention to every sip.
  7. Wear comfy clothes.
    If you're going to work, do what you can to be comfortable. But if you're staying home or running errands, wear sweatpants or slippers or anything else you need to feel cozy.
  8. Light a candle.
    Nice smells always make me feel better. You can also go pick up some flowers, bake cookies, or do laundry to make your house or apartment smell nice.
  9. Watch a mushy romantic movie, stand-up comedy, or fantasy series.
    With tea or coffee, sweatpants, and a fuzzy blanket, of course.
  10. Get out of the house.
    Go see a movie, take a walk around the block or in the park, take yourself out for a meal, or visit a family member or friend.
  11. Exercise.
    I'm not one of those people who works out to blow off steam, but if you are, then go on a run or bike ride to feel better.
  12. Take a shower or bath.
    Add bath salts or put on some relaxing music if you want. Either way, getting clean is one of the best ways to feel better.
  13. Do a small chore.
    Wash the dishes, fold laundry, or take out the trash. Even doing a small task can make you feel a bit better.
  14. Perform a random act of kindness.
    Leave the house and do one small thing for someone else. If you don't have any ideas for what to do, there are some great ideas online.
  15. More distraction methods!
    Try a new recipe, draw, paint, go on a drive, do a puzzle, write a letter or send an email or text to someone you love, or just sit and write down how you feel.
  16. ***IT DOESN'T WORK ON MOBILE.*** My best friend recently showed me this wonderful self-help website and I've used it to improve my mood on many occasions. I seriously can't recommend it enough.
  17. ^^^Please please please check it out.^^^
    It walks you through steps to dealing with depression, anxiety, dissociation, and feelings of general ickiness. It's very supportive and surprisingly thorough.
  18. Remind yourself that you'll get through this.
    You've gotten yourself through everything life has ever thrown at you and you'll get through this too. Don't beat yourself up if you can't get your to-dos done or you stay inside all day. If it's what you need, do it.
  19. Listen to NPR
    Soothing bad and good news plus music and more on the radio
    Suggested by   @julesjoyce