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This is a place for the exhausted and those in need of comforting. Here you will find various things relating to self care and working through problems.

Coping toolbox List of healing games List of uplifting shows/videos

Note: the following points are based on personal experience and are not professional recommendations. Additionally, everyone is different so these things will not work for everyone.

m mug holding a drink, the rising steam forms a heart shape

pink heart with a medical cross in the middle My self-care faves

Little book of self-care: A small journal that contains lists of self-care basics, things to do in order to cope with various negative states, etc. I keep mine in an easily accessible location.

pink cassette

Playlist of comfort songs: music that soothes/calms/gives hope. Here are some ideas.

Positive Youtube channels: Each person's definition of positivity will vary. For me it's people who acknowledge tough realities of life but keep doing their best to move forward in a constructive manner. May also contain practical advice on handling life stuff.

Event log: A book in which I write positive and negative things that happened that day. I will often find that there were many little positives in my day and it doesn't feel as bad.

Organizing my surroundings: Even if it's just putting away the pots or throwing that wrapper on the kitchen table into the trash, bringing a tiny bit of order into my surroundings tends to help me feel slightly more at ease.

a potted plant with heart-shaped flowers

pink heart with a medical cross in the middle My problem-solving faves

Writing thoughts/worries on a piece of paper:
I get a piece of paper and write down whatever I'm thinking.

Reading what I wrote makes it easier to separate the different worries and figure out what is actually upsetting me/identify potential factors I can try to change.

One step at a time/come back to it later:
Confusing/stressful/exhausting tasks can often be divided into several steps. These can then be spread out over the hours/days/etc as is practical.

Note: if something unforeseen happens during one of the steps and it keeps me from moving forward, I treat that as an extra step. I find it's often easier to come back to the next time as I'm prepared for the thing that stresses me.

Only do part of a task:
Low energy can make it hard to finish some tasks, but it may be possible to at least do part of it. Doing part of a task is not losing - it's a lot more than doing nothing and means there's less of the task to conquer next time.

Examples: just cleaning a corner rather than the whole kitchen, only washing some of the dishes (if they need to be done by hand).