Selfcare tips and Duas for a person suffering from mental disorder

We have heard of the word “Self-care” time without number. Do we know what it really means?

To my own understanding, it is a way of taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Self-care is extremely important especially for people suffering from mental health disorder like anxiety and depression. Self-care basically makes you pause, recalibrate and relax.Here are some useful tips.

1.Be Creative

Being creative is a source of nourishment to your self-confidence. Get outside your comfort zone and be creative. It can be either cooking, colouring, painting, writing or anything that brings out creativity. These creative activities involves concentration and it will help a great deal.

2.Routine

Build up a routine. This may include the time you wake up, go to bed or do certain activities. It is also important to create time for yourself. At least 10 minutes each day before going to bed or when you wake up in the morning. Use that time to reflect on your life and on you day. This can be extremely good for a person that has suffered from depression.

3.Socialize

Have coffee with your friends, talking about how you’ve been feeling recently, catching up on their lives, can leave you feeling refreshed, recharged and rejuvenated. Socializing will definitely help a lot.

4.Leave The House

Sometimes, our brain isn’t as cooperative as it should be. If you feel like that, then it’s time to go out and explore new environments. Take a walk, go to another town or a local park. Even if you’re in your pyjamas, just chuck a coat on top of your pyjamas and get out. Fresh air and moving your legs will do you and your brain the world of good.

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said:

“How wonderful is the affair of the believer, for all his affairs are good, and this applies to no one except the believer. If something good happens to him, he gives thanks, and that is good for him, and it something bad happens to him, he bears it with patience, and that is good for him.”

(Narrated by Muslim, 2999)

Remedies for depression includes:

  • اللّهُـمَّ رَحْمَتَـكَ أَرْجـوفَلا تَكِلـني إِلى نَفْـسي طَـرْفَةَ عَـيْن، وَأَصْلِـحْ لي شَأْنـي كُلَّـه لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أنْـت

“O Allah, I hope for Your mercy. Do not leave me to myself even for the blinking of an eye (i.e. a moment). Correct all of my affairs for me. There is none worthy of worship but You.” (Abu Dawud 4/324, Ahmad 5/42. Al-Albani graded it as good in Sahih Abu Dawud 3/959.)

  • In al-Saheehayn it was reported from Ibn ‘Abbaas that the Messenger of Allaah (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say, when he felt distressed or depression and worries:

لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ الْعَظـيمُ الْحَلِـيمْ، لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ العَـرْشِ العَظِيـمِ، لا إلَهَ إلاَّ اللَّهُ رَبُّ السَّمَـوّاتِ ورّبُّ الأَرْضِ ورَبُّ العَرْشِ الكَـريم

“La ilaaha ill-Allaah al-‘Azeem ul-Haleem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb il-‘arsh il-‘azeem, Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah Rabb is-samawaati wa Rabb il-ard wa Rabb il-‘arsh il-kareem”

“There is no god except Allaah, the All-Mighty, the Forbearing; there is no god except Allaah, the Lord of the Mighty Throne; there is no god except Allaah, Lord of the heavens, Lord of the earth and Lord of the noble Throne.” (Al-Bukhari 8/154, Muslim 4/2092, )

  • It was reported from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to say, when something upset him:

“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom, bi Rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help).”

  • It was reported that Asmaa’ bint ‘Umays (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me:

“Shall I not teach you some words to say when you feel distressed, Depression and Worries?Say:

اللهُ اللهُ رَبِّ لا أُشْـرِكُ بِهِ شَيْـئاً

“Allaah, Allaah, Rabbee laa ushriku bihi shay’an”

Allaah, Allaah, my Lord, I do not associate anything with Him (Abu Dawud 2/87. See also Al-Albani, Sahih Ibn Majah 2/335.)

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