Self-Care is a buzzword that seems to be everywhere these days. Normally I think of the things I do for myself as indulgences but when reframed as self-care they become more necessary for improved mental health and less of a luxury. It is always a surprise to me how my view of something can change just by renaming it. So let’s take a few minutes to share how we care for ourselves. Please feel free to leave your answers in the comments or leave a link to your blog if you’ve answered there.
- Do you practice self-care? Is it a term you use or is it a foreign concept?
- How do you practice self-care in a physical way? Do you put make up on or get your hair done? Maybe get a massage? Go for a run?
- How do you practice self-care in a mental way? Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you sit quietly and empty your mind?
- Do you consider time alone to be self-care? Or time with family? Or time with friends?
- Self-care is a pretty foreign concept to me. I’m one of those people who spends their time doing for others. I’m a mother and wife. The needs of others have always come first. When I do something for me I normally try to fit it in with the needs of other. So I’m just learning to do things specifically for me. Knitting (and buying yarn) has been my one thing for many years.
- The one physical/mental thing I’ve been doing for myself is kind of crazy but I find it improves both my mood and how I feel physically. I crank my Spotify up loud on the speaker in the living room and I blast my playlist loud enough that I’m sure it can be heard outside and I sing. Now my voice is horrible so the music has to be really loud but my mood always improves and I feel physically revived. I totally recommend it.
- I spend 90% of my waking time with other people so for me a little time alone is good. I look forward to my regularly scheduled alone time (Friday midday) and when I don’t get it I miss it. I also like 10 minutes to just lay in bed when I wake up in the morning. Don’t look at me. Don’t talk to me. Just 10 minutes to get my head ready for the day.