I’m going to start this one off with a big, important statement.
And, it doesn’t have to cost money, or be extravagant. Self care looks different to everyone, and you have to do what is right for you. Some self care ideas that work for me are:
- A long hot shower on my own
- Going for a walk
- Going out for a coffee on my own and just sitting and savouring it
- Neurofeedback session
- Counselling session
- Book club
- Having a manicure or a pedicure
- Getting my hair washed and blow dried
- Mindfulness breathing exercise
Self care is also about asking for help when you need it. If i’m feeling particularly overwhelmed, I dump whatever I can on my husband. Ask him ton do the food shopping this week, or cook a few meals. Or, I ask my folks to take my daughter out for a few hours because I just need a break. You don’t have to, nor should you, feel like you have to do everything on your own. It’s impossible. Self care is about enforcing boundaries, and giving yourself permission. It is about making time for play. Nurturing yourself.
What are some of your self care activities?