When I'm feeling like I need an escape from the insanity of my day, I curl up with a good book, post on my blog, edit a script, brainstorm for a novel, record a podcast episode, read a comic book, or just meditate. These are examples of how I take care of my self.
How do you take care of your self?
Take a hot Epsom salt bath, put fresh sheets on my bed, smoke a bowl, take a bike ride, write, make a cup of tea, curl up with a book, maybe pour myself a glass of something tasty, give my best friend a call, or engage in a little self-massage, whether that's my shoulders and neck or otherwise...
And I need to get better at making these higher priorities.
Hiking or more nature immersion. I feel at peace surrounded with the sounds of insects, frogs and birds. Visually exploring different plant species, noticing differences I’ve never taken the time to notice before. Or my favorite, studying a distant mountain range while trying to capture the magic I feel in photos. I get so into it that negative self talk stops and for a short time I’m not thinking of any of my stressors.
For me it’s a small moment of real peace.
I cuddle my cats (the three beasties rule my life lol), spend time in my garden. Its small but I collect rare, unusual and beautiful plants and its choc full. I listen to music and watch movies. When I can I visit friends or family and they always make me smile. I don't have a huge circle of friends but the ones I have are friends for life (my family of choice). I live in the countryside so walks are always good particularly in the evening or at night. I love to cook so if I have visitors they can expect to be well catered for. A glass or two is a bonus from time to time. Oh and sleep, Sleep is good.
I like to put on an audiobook and go for a long bike ride. I also visit my own therapist (I am a therapist myself). Furthermore, I work on getting good sleep, eating a proper diet, and engaging in regular exercise. I spend time with family, friends, and community. I get chores and administrivia done in a timely manner so they aren't hanging over my head. This latter sounds like an odd choice for self-care, but it actually means a lot to be able to relax without (many) outstanding responsibilities.
MMM. just off to bed now. 10 -o'clock Northern Ireland time' so self- care is brushing my teeth and hair, taking my pills, making a hotty , setting the alarm, getting on my P.J's and crashing into bed and frantically looking for where i have put my book- I also do a codeword sitting upright in bed before the book launch
Exercise: hiking, weightlifting and running. Stretching.
A healthy diet.
Never drank soda pop.
For 40 years, I have refused to eat deep fried and fast foods.
Sunscreen daily, year round, on my face and neck.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat while hiking and gardening.
Volunteering to help people in need.
Forgive myself and others.
I wouldn't know a grudge if it mugged me.
Connecting with people gives me energy.
Setting personal goals.
Getting good sleep.
As sort of an update: now that I'm back to walking a lot and getting ready to start running again, I'm planning to add more activities for self-care. I reached out to my former instructor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and am looking forward to getting back on the mat in a few weeks (have to get clearance from my spinal surgeon); I've been lifting weights again (slow, light, and extended repetitions); I'm eating a lot healthier (kinda' a little disgusting to actually read the ingredients of some of the items we buy at the store).
Overall, 2019 will be the year I bounce back and increase my self-care. Thank you everyone for your incredible responses! I LOVE reading about how others take good care of their selves and nurture their core being!
I like to read or make some digital art (accompanied by a G&T if the sun’s over the yardarm), or watch TV. If it’s a nice day I like to do some gardening or walk my dogs. I have a couple of games on my iPad I play.
Also, baths are wonderful, I take ‘alexa’ with me for some musical accompaniment.