Almost a month ago, I posted my little epiphany that I’m actually not that good at self care and that I’m determined to change that.
I wrote an action plan of things I could do to make me slow the heck down, take care of me, and stop being so hard on myself. In the few weeks since, I think I’ve done a pretty good job. So, let’s check in.
Well, I journal now, but daily is a stretch. I go for stretches of writing every day, and then I won’t pick up my journal for several days. The difference is that now I know it’s there for me to use. When I have thoughts I need to get out of my head, my journal is right there, and that’s much better than letting icky thoughts take over my headspace.
Drink water first
I still drink my fair share of tea, Diet Coke, and kombucha, but I make sure to sip water beforehand. Overall, I’ve done pretty well with this one. I credit some of that ease to Essence pH10, an awesome water that is enriched with hibiscus for antioxidants and has 10% of your daily value of calcium, magnesium, and zinc. As part of my partnership with Fit Approach, Essence sent me a few boxes of water to try, and I love it. I’m obsessed with magnesium for relaxation, and if I can get a little extra from my water, I’m all for it.
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Listen to a podcast a day
Except for while I was in Florida, done. I started listening to a few new ones, and I’ve flown through the episodes. If I have a podcast in my ears, it keeps me from getting into my own head too much when I’m just going about daily life, which is good for a chronic over-thinker like me.
Create something new in the kitchen once a week
Check! I’ve made everything from spicy meatballs and super tasty muffins to new smoothies and salad combos. I don’t have a ton of time, but I can totally sneak in enough time to make at least one fun new dish a week. And if I make a big batch of something, it means I save time later. Win-win.
Go out to eat once a week
Done. It has usually been Chipotle when I’m around here (called it). Hey, it’s right across the street from my yoga studio, so it’s crazy convenient. Also, people send me Chipotle gift cards because they know my love for guac runs deep.
When I was in Florida, we went out for basically all of the meals.
When I’m home for spring break, I’m sure we’ll also go out several times. It’s really a great way to take the pressure off when you already have 283594 things to do. And you can enjoy the food and company without worrying about cleaning up.
Go to yoga 4 times a week
I approximately hit this one. Really, the goal was just to go more than I had been.
Sometimes I just do a YouTube yoga video in my dorm room or go through a partial version of the sequence I teach, but I have been making it to a studio pretty often, and I love it every freaking time.
In addition to all those planned things, I’ve been working other little ways to be nice to myself into life.
- I change into comfy clothes when my body rejects real clothes. If I don’t have anywhere I have to be, this often means pajamas before 8pm. I have very minimal shame about walking around in pajamas in the dorm in the evenings.
- I slap on Salonpas and/or Thermacare and/or my giant heating pad whenever I have time or think it can help. None of them travel that well, but if I’m in my room for a couple hours, I take advantage of the change to ease whatever tension I can.
- I stop doing schoolwork at least an hour before bed. Admittedly, there are times when I finish one more thing right before going to sleep, but giving myself the time to wind down definitely helps me fall asleep faster.
- I rub a little lavender essential oil on my wrists a bit before I head to bed. I don’t know if I really believe it makes you sleep or relax or whatever it’s supposed to do, but it serves as a signal to my body that it’s about time for bed.
Basically, I’m just working on finding a little more calm and space in all the crazy. And I do feel quite a bit better, honestly. Even though I have three finals tomorrow.
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How have you been taking care of yourself lately?
What was the best part of your weekend?