Self-care during a pandemic

I made a promise to myself, and to you, that I would be completely and totally authentic concerning all things Creating Kimmie. It’s not something that comes naturally. Quite the opposite. It’s human nature to safeguard ourselves under the easiest of circumstances, much less during a pandemic.

Our hearts as well as our pain.

We shroud our vulnerability behind invisible walls and adding proverbial bricks daily. So, here I am,

hammering through that barrier, ready to wade through the deep end. And once again, I’m dragging you along.

Let’s talk about processing in terms of self-care. I’m a firm believer in finding one’s processing method, which will vary depending on a few factors. Anger or fear might call for physical processing such as exercising or dancing it out. While anxiety or unrest could benefit from coloring or journaling. Even crying, the list goes on. All processing methods serve simultaneously as forms of self-care.

The goal remains the same.

GET OUT OF YOUR HEAD.

Even if only for a short time. It’s imperative to break the cycle. The chain of compulsive thinking, which wreaks havoc on our ability to process.

TIP: Processing doesn’t always mean understanding. No matter how badly we want to, it’s just not always the key. It’s actually simpler than that. It’s about getting to a place where you can move, and not always forward. Sometimes it’s about moving sideways, diagonally, with purpose.

It’s about getting to a place where you can say, “Hey, this isn’t working for me” or “this is harmful to my well-being”.

Instead, whatever trigger that flipped the anxiety switch leaves us on the hamster wheel, snowballing into a panic attack or anxiety-riddled depression where nothing makes sense. Rendering us a puddle of confusion.

* Hear me now when I say this – self-care does not have to be complicated or overwhelming.

Simplify your self-care toolbox. Makes those tools easily accessible. Make lists and posts them in visible spots like doors, mirrors, the refrigerator, and car visors. Hell, I’ve been known to use my arm as a notepad once or a hundred times.

Another essential we use in my house is a handy-dandy supply bin. My tote holds writing supplies, books, kindle, journals, and old cards and letters from friends and family. The people who see the good in me when I can’t. My daughter’s bin is filled with coloring books, embroidery, intricate puzzles, nail polish, and lotions. Anything that she might need within arm’s reach to process and self-care.

Again, get out of her head and take a step.



Self-care for bad mental health days
CREDIT: www.blessingmanifesting.com

Here’s a LIST of TIPS to get you started!


· Get out of your head

· Post lists/affirmations in well-occupied spaces

· Supply bins

· Hygiene products easily accessible

· Exercise, dance, take a walk (especially during a pandemic)

· Start your toolbox NOW. Don’t wait until you’re in crisis.


In conclusion, preparation and processing are key components of self-care. They are also the first steps toward a healthy and successful journey over the hurdle of your current or ongoing struggles.


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Be safe and always know we are here for you.


Kimmie,

Transparent . Inspired . Brave


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Updated: Oct 12, 2020


Self-care isn't something that comes easily under normal circumstances,

let alone a global pandemic.

(credit: Carley Hauck) You are enough

Let’s be honest. It’s not always feasible to receive the therapy and/or tools needed to strengthen one’s mental health, especially during the pandemic. That’s the reality for me and my family, and I’m certain we’re not alone. Appointments are becoming difficult to secure, and when I do, it’s a tele/video call. I get it. We’re quarantining for an incredibly valid reason, but it doesn’t take away from the turbulent changes.


DISCLAIMER: Creating Kimmie is in NO WAY meant to replace proper therapy/psychiatric treatment. Be sure to connect with a mental health professional. If you need help finding resources available to you, feel free to contact me via the contact form on this site.



I talk a lot about how the inception of Creating Kimmie being due to both parts fear and necessity. I found myself spending hours, sometimes days, scouring the internet for reputable sites and resources to better help my family. It’s not easy, and often times left me riddled with even more anxiety. I concluded that there must be something better. There has to be an option for a more well-rounded quality of life. One I could personally tailor to my own mental health needs, but also make it available for anyone to execute their own positive path.


In lies the necessity.


Piecing together the plan, the Creating Kimmie formula if you will, was the easy (easier…) part. Launching it out into the world, well, let’s just say this is where the fear kicks in. Kind of like a donkey kick to the fragile gut. For the sake of complete transparency, I must admit that I have quit on myself more than once. I mean, it’s not like I’m bored or need a hobby. Aside from being a wife and momma (to daughters with mental illness), I’m also a multi-genre author. Hell, I’m chocked full of excuses.


Until I’m not.


Throughout my publishing career, I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with some seriously amazing people. Many of whom reached out to thank me for my brutal, and often painful, transparency in regard to my own journey with mental illness. First, it was a few comments here and there. However, that quickly snowballed, and I began to receive messages daily. Some were thanking me for sharing so they didn’t feel so alone. Others simply needed an ear. But then there were the ones asking for advice and direction. Their desperate struggles needled at me. The mounting evidence weighed on my heart.


But what could I do?


I’m not a doctor or a therapist. I’m not a counselor or even a college graduate. But over time, what I am became clear. I’m a woman navigating my own multiple mental illnesses (more on that coming soon). I am a parent to teens with their own diagnoses. I am a walking, talking Mary Poppins bag of experience, failures and successes alike. And maybe, just maybe, someone out there might find what I have to say valuable.


And that’s the key, isn’t it?


  • To help at least one person to feel worthy in his/her/their own skin?

  • To feel adequately prepared to face the day?

  • To feel safe, and not alone?

  • To have a lifeline in times of distress?


So, here we are, not only Creating Kimmie, but creating a

more transparent, inspired, and brave YOU!

(credit: Morgan Harper Nichols) Bravery

Finally, my goal for you is to feel that you have a voice here, in effect giving your voice direction in your everyday life. Scroll our ever-growing RESOURCES page. Join our FORUM. Sign up for our COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER.


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Until next time, when I dig deeper into my own selfcare tools and tips, be safe and always know we are here for you.

Kimmie

Transparent . Inspired . Brave

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