When you’re low on energy it’s often very difficult to know what to do – all you want to do is sleep. But self-care is even more important on days like this. I’ve come up with 9 self-care ideas for when you’re low on energy to try and help you look after yourself when you don’t feel up to doing anything.
Watch your favourite film or series
One of my favourite things to do is watch really good films and series, even when I’m feeling okay(ish). I spent the majority of 2018 in bed watching some amazing series – some of my favourites and some highly recommended ones.
If you’re stuck for ideas, why not give these a try? The majority of them can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime:
- The Breakfast Club
- Pretty in Pink
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- Criminal Minds
- Grey’s Anatomy
- The Society
- Life on Mars
- Gilmore Girls
- Green Wing
Light a scented candle
Lighting a scented candle used to be one of my favourite things to do when I was having a bad day. Much like reading, scented candles can take you anywhere you want to go if you pick the right scent. You could make your room smell tropical as if you’re on the beach, floral as if you’re lying next to a bed of flowers, even Christmassy if you light a Christmas-scented candle!
But, if you’re allergic to them like me, do not do this!! The last thing you want is to end up in A&E because you’ve had a severe allergic reaction. It’s just not worth it.
Eat whatever you want
By this, I don’t mean ignore your food intolerances or allergies, but if you’re craving something, eat it! Our bodies tend to know what they need, so if you’re constantly thinking about a specific food, why not just eat it? If it’s going to make you feel worse, then obviously don’t, but if it’s something you’ve been avoiding just to eat a little healthier then just go for it. Of course, you could be craving healthy food, which is an added bonus!
Paint your nails
I love painting my nails. It’s such an easy, low-energy activity. It can be done anywhere, including in bed, so it’s the perfect self-care activity for when you’re low on energy. You don’t have to do it perfectly and you can just do all your nails in one colour to use up even less energy. Painting my nails always makes me feel a little better, even on days when I just want to stay in bed and sleep.
Listen to your favourite songs/album/playlist
My favourite playlist at the moment is Spotify’s Classic Roadtrip playlist. It’s full of songs that I love and there are songs for pretty much every mood you could be in. It lifts my spirits and I always feel better when I’m listening to or playing music. Putting on your favourite songs is the ultimate low-energy self-care activity because once it’s on, you just have to lie in bed and listen to it. If you’re feeling a bit more energetic, you could even get up and dance!
Colour or draw
I’m not particularly good at drawing, but I always find colouring to be really relaxing. You can lose track of time and it can help you to try to ignore your symptoms, even if you can’t forget about them completely. There are so many lovely colouring books out there. Some of my favourites are Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures, Johanna Basford’s Lost Ocean and The Art of Mindfulness: Peace and Calm Colouring.
Get lost on Pinterest
Pinterest is so easy to get lost on. You can spend hours and hours just scrolling through all the pins and occasionally reading people’s posts. This is what I spend a lot of my time doing (mostly for my blog, but also for the joy of it).
While we’re on the subject of Pinterest, why not head over to my account where you can find all sorts of information, tips, quotes and more about chronic illness? You can find my profile here.
Phone a friend
It’s very lonely and isolating to have a chronic illness, but there will always be one person you can count on to help you when you’re struggling. Pick up the phone and call them (or, if you hate talking on the phone like me, just message them). Even if they can’t come over or you don’t have enough energy for them to, have a conversation with them. You’ll soon forget about other things as you get more involved in the conversation. If they can come over, you could even see if they could help you cook or do a little bit of work around the house!
If you’re low on energy, there’s a pretty good chance you’re exhausted on top of being fatigued. I know that when I’m low on energy all I want to do is sleep and I also know that I can’t be the only one who feels like this. Listen to your body. It knows when it needs sleep, so listen to it.
Just in case you skipped through just to see what my ideas are, here’s a list of # self-care ideas for low-energy days:
- Watch your favourite film or series
- Light a scented candle
- Eat whatever you want
- Paint your nails
- Listen to your favourite songs/album/playlist
- Colour or draw
- Get lost on Pinterest
- Phone a friend