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Filtering by Category: Self Care September

Scheduling Self-Care: Taking Time to Take Care of Yourself

Danielle Donaldson

This self-care series was supposed to be posted in September. Obviously, that didn't happen. So, things tend to get pushed to the bottom of my to-do list especially self-care. Here are some tips to make sure that you fit in your self-care into your busy day. 

Schedule it 

Write it down. Whether you jot it down in your Bullet Journal or Passion Planner or a post-it note on your mirror. Writing it down give you a physical reminder to do it. It also give you a sense of accomplishment that you completed it. 

Accountability Partner

Tell your spouse or partner that you are planning on doing more for yourself or that you need ten minutes to mediate at the end of the day. In my online parenting group, we have a daily self-care check in where we share what we did for self-care that day. It's a great way to get ideas of various forms of self-care and also check-in when we have something to share. 

Habit Tracker

If you haven't delved into the world of BuJo (aka bullet journaling) let me stop you before you travel down that productivity wormhole that you will never escape from. If you have, you are probably already familiar with the concept of a habit tracker. Or basically a place that you track if you have drank enough water for the day or did your daily affirmations or went to the gym. It helps to have a visual reminder of things you intended on completing. 

Think Small

Every piece of self-care doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can be as simple as using your favorite hand cream or reading a library book or making yourself your favorite meal. Low expectations usually mean that you have a much more manageable goal.  

 

How are you taking care of yourself lately? Shout out in the comments.  

The Beginner's Guide to Self-Care

Danielle Donaldson

The Importance of Self-Care  

Self-care is the act of taking care of one's self. It's refilling the creative well. It's recharging your spiritual, emotional, creative, physical batteries. For some, it means staying home and not talking to people. For others, they need social interaction with others to feel recharged. It's about the balance in life from taking care of other people, fulfilling our responsibilities as constructive members of society and doing the day-to-day activities that keep our lives going smoothly. 

As a writer, I find incredibly important to take care of myself or I have nothing to put onto the page. As a mother and a wife, I find that if I get burnt out, I'm less patient, less compassionate, less able to give myself to another human being.  

Part of the safety briefing on an airplane says that if you are traveling with a child, that you must put on your air-mask first, because if you don't, you will pass out from oxygen deprivation and not be able to help anyone. Self-care is exactly that. It is making sure that you don't pass out from oxygen deprivation or emotional exhaustion or spiritual burnout.  

For the month of September, I will be exploring the importance of self-care and giving some examples of it.  

Examples of Self-Care

If you are an introvert, you might enjoy activities that are quiet and done on your own. 

  • Sipping some tea on the front porch  
  • Listening to a podcast in the bathtub
  • An afternoon run with your favorite playlist
  • Putting together a puzzle 

If you are an extrovert, you may enjoy activities out with other people.  

  • Spending time with family
  • Happy Hour with co-workers
  • Camping with friends
  • Trivia Night at the pub

Goals of Self-Care

    The main goal of self-care is to make you feel better. It's basically the human version of unplugging a router and plugging it back in.  

What are you favorite forms of self-care? What refills your creative well?