Let’s get a little personal, shall we? Self-care is a very important part of leading a healthy and happy lifestyle. Sometimes it feels selfish. Shouldn’t I be doing something productive right now? Doesn’t someone else need my time more than I need to take a breath?
The answer is: No!
You need to take care of yourself, because then you can be refreshed to care for and tend to other people and tasks.
This is certainly true with planning – working out menus, venues, and more can be incredibly taxing. Whether you’re planning a simple tea or an elaborate wedding, you’re gonna need some “me time” to really be on top of your game.
I suffer from an anxiety disorder, and sometimes I become overwhelmed. I honestly forget to slow down and take care of myself. But when I do, I find I’m much happier and more productive.
I thought I would share with you some of my favorite ways to practice self-care.
1. Take a Bubble Bath
Confession – I forgot how nice this was until recently. I hadn’t had a bath since I was pregnant (and my youngest is now 17 months old!) I’m lucky if I have time for a decent shower some days. A couple of nights ago I started to develop a migraine, and I thought a nice warm bath in our garden tub would be soothing. And how! It was so nice to just chill out in the bath, and I have to say it helped me keep the migraine at bay. I think this is going to be a once a week activity for me now.
2. Bullet Journaling
I am no stranger to journaling. I have put thoughts and sketches into little notebooks for the majority of my life. Toward the end of 2017, I came across the concept of bullet journaling. It is a kind of self-curated system for keeping track of your life. You can design spreads to fit your life – you can track things like water intake, daily moods, purchases, and more! This is perfect for someone like me who loves organization and planning.
I have a personal Traveler’s Notebook (another love of mine!) that I keep my bullet journal in. I find it helpful to keep up with my moods and important events. Drawing out spreads in my notebook is both soothing and productive.
If you’d like more information, check out my bullet journal board on Pinterest.
For some, this may not be a relaxing choice. Sometimes baking can be stressful (especially if you are trying to get something done for an event) For me, baking is a fun way to spend my time and get my mind off of my busy schedule.
4. Watching Something on TV
I will say, some of my favorite shows can be an emotional roller coaster, so sometimes I feel like it is better for me to watch something a little less taxing. If I need some down time, I usually watch a baking or cooking shows. (Cupcake Wars, Zumbo’s Just Desserts, etc.)
5. DIY and Crafts
It’s no secret that I am a lover of crafting. DIY is a huge part of what I do.
I am always researching and trying out new ways to create. Sometimes I take a trip to the craft store or the Dollar Tree, and walk around until an idea strikes me. It’s an awesome way to hone my creativity.
I also love putting together crafts for my kiddos and helping them express themselves.
6. Coloring and Sketching
Many of my self-care activities have an artistic/creative component. This has always been a way for me to get out of my head and express my thoughts and feelings. There is something centering about sitting down and coloring or drawing.
7. Listening to Music
I am a big music lover. My taste is eclectic and spans many different genres and decades. Listening to my favorite songs is such a peaceful way to spend my time. I often pair this up with another self-care process. For example, I really enjoy listening to music while I paint or write.
8. Spending Time Outside
I have to admit that this is one I often forget. Honestly, being outside has helped me center myself many times. There is just something so right with breathing fresh air and spending time surrounded by the beauty of the world. This is one reason why winter time can be so hard for me (and for many). I just don’t get outside as much as I would like, and this is something I need to work on for myself.
With two kids under 4 in my home, this is one of the hardest things for me to get back into. It is often just not quiet enough for me to focus. I used to be an avid reader, and I have been working on finding time in the week to sit alone and catch up on my reading.
10. Brain Dump
This is particularly helpful when I am in a worry spiral or my thoughts are taking over. I sit down and free write without thought. I find that at the end of this, my shoulders are less tense and I feel like a weight has been lifted from my whole body. Try it – it’s a great exercise.
What are some ways you like to practice self-care? I’d love to hear them!