Inner_Critic_Flowchart.pom

During a session about dealing with your inner critic, I joked about the idea of having a self-care flowchart to help determine whether I'm having real doubts or if I'm just having negative thoughts because of poor self care. I thought about it a little more and decided it'd be something interesting to write about - I hope you enjoy!
 
Do you feel bad?
Yes.
Have you eaten today?
Yes.
Have you eaten anything
that isn't pop tarts and candy
today?
No.
Eat a vegetable.
Eat 2 more vegetables.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
 
Have you slept recently?
Yes.
Did you sleep
for more than 2 hours.
Yes.
Did you sleep 
on an actual bed
at night time?
No.
Is it night time now?
Yes.
Go to bed. 
Sleep.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
 
Have you talked to anyone today?
Yes.
In person?
Out loud? 
An actual human conversation
with real words?
No.
Call someone.
Call.
Don't text.
Don't tweet.
Don't snap.
Call.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
 
Have you been outside today?
No.
Go outside.
Stop reading this
and go outside.
Now.
Go to a park.
Pet AT LEAST 4 dogs.
Stay there for at least an hour.
Lay down on the grass.
Feel tree bark
under your fingertips.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
 
Are you on the internet right now?
Yes.
Stop it. Close Facebook
shut down twitter
and turn off your phone.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
Are you watching the news?
Yes.
DEFINITELY stop that.
Forever.
Put on some cartoons
or a show about baking nice cakes.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
 
Are there pills in the house?
Yes.
Hide them.
Lock the front door
and hide the keys.
Move your shoes
into different rooms
to create barriers
to keep yourself safe.
Call a helpline.
0800 83 85 87.
 
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
Tell someone you love
that you love them.
Survive
just one more night.
Do you still feel bad?
Yes.
Does your problem have a solution?
No.
Then it isn't
really
a problem.
Problems 
without solutions
are just neuroses.
Toxic thoughts
twisted fantasies
of a broken brain.
But you can fix it.
It just takes time.
You can fix it.
Because you are beautiful
and strong
and loved.
Do you still feel bad?
No.

 

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