Welcome to Day 2! I hope everyone carved out some time for yourself yesterday. What did you do for you? Did you get that 10-15 minutes? Did you find it hard to carve out that time? I sure did.
I did find it difficult to carve out some time for myself today. Yesterday I had the time but today I've been rushed since the moment I got out of bed. It's hard to carve out that time when I have to be at work at 6am. I'm one of those people that needs to sleep, I sleep until the very last minute I can, especially when I worked the night before. If I wanted to carve out time in the morning I'd have to wake up at 3am and I just don't see that happening.
As I was getting ready for work I was trying to figure out when I could take my 10-15 minutes for my self-care and as I was getting ready I realized I do small things all throughout the day for my self-care. I hydrate first thing every morning when I wake up. I drink a bottle of water first thing to rehydrate. I moisturize and hydrate my skin every morning after my shower. As I get ready I turn up my portable JBL speaker and listen to music. No matter how much of a hurry I'm in I take the time to make my coffee. I make sure I have a filling breakfast, I have a blueberry English Muffin with peanut butter. The very last thing I do as I run out the door everyday is hydrate my hands and cuticles with my favorite jojoba oil. On my way to work I listen to one of my many podcasts. I have a forty-five minute drive so it helps clear my head before heading into the hectic work day. I pack a healthy lunch and stay hydrated throughout the day, I take a break to enjoy lunch and to disconnect from work- it's really important to do that. When the day is over I listen to another podcast on the way home. It helps me unwind from my day so I don't take any stress I might have had home. My point of sharing all this is you do things everyday for yourself for your self-care that you might not even realize!
When I get home I'm usually on the go still, I have little to no time to spend for myself. My husband is usually finishing up dinner and most often than not dinner is ready when I walk through the door. Riddick needs to be walked and fed and he needs some quality time as well. We bought a kitchen table about four months ago and we've eaten at the table together since the day we bought it. It was important for us to connect and not eat in front of the television. I pick out a vinyl record to listen to and we talk about our day and we've had some great discussions at that kitchen table. After dinner we spend time together and with Riddick, usually watching a movie or one of our shows. Before you know it I've fallen asleep half-way through the movie. I did do small things for myself all throughout the day for my self-care and even though I might not have done some of the things I planned, it's still okay, I can do better tomorrow.
I hope everyone is enjoying this challenge and I hope you're learning a few things about yourself along the way. Remember that you can use my list of ideas that can be found on the main self-care challenge page but I'm sure you can come up with some great ideas that will work for you! There is also a tracking sheet you can use if you'd like. We're in this together so I'd love to hear how your self-care challenge is going. You can email me directly: email@example.com or feel free to leave a comment.
Have a great day!!
What are you doing for yourself today? Remember, you only need 10-15 minutes!