Self-care

Me in New Zealand

Do you ever forget to take time out for yourself? I know I do. In fact, I am pretty terrible at self-care. I’ve lost count of how often I’ve set aside time to relax only to find it squished and finally erased from my diary by the ironing pile, grocery shopping, cleaning the floors, or completing paperwork. I do know that it’s important though. As someone who suffers from chronic health conditions I am determined to become better at looking after myself.

So, starting afresh, I wanted to share my self-care ideas with you all which I will be putting into practice over the late autumn/ winter period and beyond. Let me know what you would add!

1. Put diary dates in with friends across a few months so that there is always a social occasion on the horizon.

2. Sign up and pay in advance for an exercise group (I’m going to join this lovely lady for her women’s only class).

3. Schedule time for paperwork and stick to it. One email written or one phonecall made can make all the difference, it doesn’t all have to happen at once. One thing at a time.

4. Take a walk in the countryside.

Bradgate park5. Phone family.

6. Say ‘no’ to something or someone instead of over committing.

7. Get into bed up or curl up on the sofa under a blanket with a great book (like one of these).

Pile of summer reading books8. Make a cup of tea, and sip it whilst listening to new music.

9. Have a long shower.

10. Turn off all electronic devices for the evening and get an early night.

11. Do something which has immediate results – for example, knit, bake, draw.

12. Get up early and watch the sun rise.

Sunrise over fields in Warwickshire13. Go cloud watching.

14. Limit food choices – pick a few options and stick to these for an entire week.

15. Go to the library.

16. Try something new.

17. Try something old, long forgotten.

18. Take a holiday.

Boats in harbour

19. Have a nap.

20. Buy yourself flowers.

What will you be doing to look after yourself over the coming weeks? I hope that this might help if you need inspiration.

Line of trees in sunlight
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3rd November 2017

10 comments

Lots of lovely ideas, thank you. As someone, who also has chronic long term illnesses I think it’s imperative to practice self care. I would add meditation, making greetings cards and getting outside even if it is just to sit on a bench for a few minutes. A book and a blanket is my favourite.

Yes, some days when I’m struggling sitting in the garden can do wonders! Thank you for the extra suggestions 🙂

Lots of great ideas here, big and small. I certainly need to follow some of these more closely! I hope you get on well with looking after you. You deserve it!

Thank you! I hope that they can give you some inspiration 🙂 x

I would add take care of your spiritual health to sign up for a free course at your local library if possible and when you shop for your groceries, buy yourself something you’d love to try. I’m really bad at minding myself too but those things have helped me. Thanks for the lovely suggestions.

Those are lovely suggestions, thank you. I especially love the idea of buying something to try when grocery shopping, thanks!

Such a lovely list of ideas! It’s so important to take care of oneself otherwise everything else just falls apart xx

Definitely. So easily overlooked but very important 🙂

Oh I need your help with number 6. I’m dreadful at not saying no and on the odd occasion I do I am then guilt ridden!!

Me too, I find it difficult. I just try to focus on the consequences of taking too much on. It’s not easy though!

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