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Self Care Saturdays

When I was planning my transition out of my weekend job, I started thinking about taking some time for myself. It was something I started calling self care Saturday. I usually left for work at 0540 in the mornings on Saturday and finished up at three in the afternoon. I realized I was pretty tired on the weekends. Most days, I took a 15 minute nap when I got home.

But when I found another job during the week, I was able to plan leaving my weekend job. At the same time I had been thinking about how I needed to take care of myself. On a weekend that my daughter was home from college, she and I got some face masks to do one Saturday. I also bought some tea treat oil and started doing a foot soak on Saturdays. Sitting in my back yard for 15 minutes with my feet soaking in warm water with the smell of tea tree oil is really relaxing.

I have also started a exercise routine with my running buddy, Teddy. I drag myself out because I know it makes me feel better. It helps my mood. And I know there is tons of evidence that exercise is beneficial for your mood, but sometimes I really forget how true it is.

I really want to continue this kind of self care into my 40s. I’d like to do more things to honor myself and my time instead of watching TV or scrolling through the internet. What are you doing for self care? Do you have a routine?

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3 thoughts on “Self Care Saturdays

  1. I’ve been slacking so hard. I still have my routine, but I’m finding ways to get myself around it. I wake at 4:45 in the morning & I walk the dogs. That, at least, I’m consistent with.

    It used to be, then, that I’d get back home and make lunches, fitting a strength-training workout between different lunch making tasks. But I’ve been unloading the dishwasher or checking twitter or finding *something* to keep me from that.

    I do have the marathon on Sunday . . . I tell myself that I can relax a little, but just a little, to help me get through the run . . . I’ll reset my priorities after I’ve gotten past it, but we’ll see what happens.

    The thing about exercise is that it DOES improve mood – but the only way to really experience it is to stop, and realize you’re in a snit — but then you have to get yourself back into the habit of regular exercise, so it’s best to just accept “this is better for me and my mood” as fact.

  2. This month has not been a good one for me but I love going to the gym on my lunch hour. I meal prep healthy lunches that make me feel better. And I actively write in a journal to try to track what I’m eating and drinking or smoking and how it affects my moods. I think there are hills and valleys so I try to be proud of my successes and forgiving of my shortcomings. That helps.

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