Paint your nails for distraction from distress

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I am not a neat nail painter, or manicurist. But I spend a lot of time with people discussing things they can do to distract them selves when they are distressed - upset, angry, scared. Painting your nails is a really good thing to do during a tricky time or as an exercise in self care. Firstly it takes time and concentration. So it’s good as a distraction or a mindfulness activity. Secondly, it recognises that “actions are stronger than words” so rather than trying to tell yourself that you are deserving of care and nurture it actually proves that. And makes the point to yourself. So make yourself comfortable and you can develop this as much as like, into a mini manicure with filing, hand creams and maybe scented candles. And make sure you repeat this or similar activities you enjoy, regularly.

What You'll Need

  • A few quiet minutes
  • Nail varnish - clear and colours as you choose
  • Nail varnish remover and cotton wool - just in case.
  • Massage oil / moisturising lotion (optional)
  • Scented candle (optional)
  • Your favourite feel-good or relaxing music (optional)
  • Nail file

What You'll Do

  • Clean your nails / wash your hands.
  • File your nails if they need shaping
  • Apply a base coat of clear nail varnish
  • Apply a colour, or another coat of base coat if you’d like them clear.
  • Apply the clear as a top coat as required.
  • This can be as developed and intricate as you like. Remember you’re doing this as a soothing, self-care activity, so don’t embark on some detailed patterns that will make you feel stressed or dissatisfied.
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