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Hannah Daisy Illustrates #BoringSelfCare on Instagram


There are many ways to practice self-care. Often, when self-care is promoted, the focus is on relaxing tasks like taking a bath, cuddling up on the couch, doing some gentle yoga or meditating. However, not all self-care is enjoyable. Sometimes, the best way to really take care of yourself is to cross off the more boring items on your to-do list.

“In my profession, we talk about self-care involving a much wider range of ‘occupations’ or ‘things you have to do every day,’” Hannah Daisy, a mental health occupational therapist, told The Mighty. “I started to feel that conversations online about self-care often alienated people.”

To help others understand that self-care isn’t just bubble baths and massages, Daisy created #boringselfcare – a series of illustrations highlighting less than luxurious self-care tasks like doing the dishes, getting dressed, household chores and other personal items.

The illustrations are shared on Daisy’s Instagram, makedaisychains, under the hashtag #boringselfcare.

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“When you experience chronic illness or mental health problems, every single task can be a chore and uses up energy,” Daisy, who lives with mental illness and endometriosis, said. “Often people find they need to work out how much energy they have for the day and figure out which tasks are achievable for the day. With #boringselfcare I wanted to convey the message that even the really boring activities or chores are a valid form of self-care.”

In addition to creating illustrations based on her knowledge as a therapist, Daisy’s illustrations also take from her personal experience living with mental and chronic illness.

“While everyone’s experiences are different and I don’t claim to understand what it’s like for everyone, I can certainly say I have found some everyday tasks really difficult,” Daisy, who lives in London, said. “I really want people to recognize the importance of doing these tasks, and that they are achievements and that they are something kind you do for yourself.”

I’m terrible at this. I hate dealing with letters/mail ???????????????? Keep using the #boringselfcare ???????? . BORING SELF CARE series. ???????????????????????????????? The next few days I’m going to share drawings about how self care is often really really dull and unenjoyable. And not the “tumblr” kind of self care which is often lovely but not always real. Sometimes you just need to sort out gynae stuff . Even though these things often build up in your mind the actual doing is often not as bad (unless obviously you are low on spoons ????, which is another discussion really as picking up your clothes off the floor may use energy you need to say, feed yourself. ) What are your boring things you do which are self care? #boringselfcare . . . . . . . #edfam #edfamiliy #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalillness #drawing #art #illustration #psychosis #ocd #depression #anxiety #gad #bpd #selfharrm #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #eatingdisorder #anorexia #promarker #art #illustration #chroncillness #spoonie #spoonies #spooniesunite

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The response to her series, Daisy said, has been overwhelmingly positive.

It always surprises me when people reply to my Instagram posts either saying ‘urgh I hate this task’ or ‘I am going to do this today.’ I think sometimes we all go about thinking that each person goes along in everyday life thinking everyone else is fine, but as soon as I made a drawing about hating emptying the rubbish bin, so many people replied saying they hate it too and find it more difficult when they are in pain for example or depressed. I wanted to put across, that yes it’s boring but it is also a valid form of self-care.

Asked for help ???????? This is the British Sign language (BSL) for “help”. When you move your hand towards yourself, it’s “help me”. It’s also the sign for therapist ????. Probably a good time to say…. I’m changing OT jobs. Off to work in a specialist Deaf Mental Health unit ???? in two weeks time. But is full time so I will be changing how I run my shop… depending on how well I cope with full time work vs tiredness and mental health. . . Keep using the #boringselfcare ???????? . BORING SELF CARE series. ???????????????????????????????? The next few days I’m going to share drawings about how self care is often really really dull and unenjoyable. And not the “tumblr” kind of self care which is often lovely but not always real. Sometimes you just need to sort out gynae stuff . Even though these things often build up in your mind the actual doing is often not as bad (unless obviously you are low on spoons ????, which is another discussion really as picking up your clothes off the floor may use energy you need to say, feed yourself. ) What are your boring things you do which are self care? #boringselfcare . . . . . . . #edfam #edfamiliy #therapy #mentalhealth #mentalillness #drawing #art #illustration #psychosis #ocd #depression #anxiety #gad #bpd #selfharrm #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #eatingdisorder #anorexia #promarker #art #illustration #chroncillness #spoonie #spoonies #spooniesunite #bsl #britishsignlanguage #signlanguage

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