The past two days have been hard. Several things have happened that have just worn me down. Reading other blogs this week made me realize I’m not alone in my late January blues. I appreciate you all.
Karen posted a Self-Care Quiz over on her blog, and I thought I would answer it on my blog. Feel free to chime in via comments or on your blog. It is a short quiz that is good for reflection.
- Do you practice self-care? Is it a term you use or is it a foreign concept?
- How do you practice self-care in a physical way? Do you put make up on or get your hair done? Maybe get a massage? Go for a run?
- How do you practice self-care in a mental way? Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you sit quietly and empty your mind?
- Do you consider time alone to be self-care? Or time with family? Or time with friends?
I do practice self-care, but I rarely use the term. I generally call it “me time” and involves time spent doing what I want.
I practice self-care in a physical way by walking at least 10,000 steps every day. I also make time to get in the woods to hike at least a few times a month. I do not put on make up or get my hair done, as that is not relaxing to me.
I practice self-care in a mental way by knitting at least a little bit every day. I feel better when I meditate, but that is something that I easily fall out of the habit of and forget to do. I journal a bit each night, and on perfect days I spend time in bed putting my thoughts together in the morning before I roll out of bed.
I consider time alone to be self-care. I spend Sunday mornings watching podcasts and drinking coffee alone in my room and it is f*cking magical. Time with my friends is also self-care: knitting with Ivy, walking with Jess, Hiking with JoAnna, camping with Kirsten, going fabric shopping with Claire, etc. Spending time with my friends is a lot like therapy, if I am spending one on one time with them. If I’m with more of them it is still a great time, but is not as therapeutic for me.
I would love to hear your thoughts on self-care.