Self care – What the hell is it?

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We’ve moved into the new/old house and so far it’s been great.  We are closer to work and daycare, the backyard is huge, my bathroom while smaller has a bigger shower and the house is mostly carpeted which makes it easier for the kids to rip through the house and chase or be chased.  Who doesn’t love that?

Now that we are here, we should have more time to exercise which was a big pro when we were thinking about whether to move. Now we actually have to put this pro into place and do it!  Last night I got on the elliptical for 10 minutes which I considered a major victory.

Exercising is something I think is important to my self care so I started contemplating self care and what it actually is.  This is a tough one and has perplexed me for quite a while.  I think what I am realizing is that it’s going to be different for each person and we each really need to sit down and do some hard thinking about what our own self care looks like.  Here are some of the questions I considered:

  • What do I care about?
  • What do I find fun?
  • What brings me peace?
  • What can I do to lighten up my schedule, slow things down?
  • What can I do that will make me feel proud?
  • What activities or scenarios make me happy to do or imagine?
  • What gets in my way and how can I plan around the obstacles?

The wheel at the beginning is also a good place to start.  So I sat down and made my list today, I really gave it some thought and I think I have a promising list.  One thing on the list was post to this blog so I’m starting with this ONE THING to get me going.

What will you include on your list?

Wednesday Weigh In – Deserving Self Care

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So it turns out that good self-care includes eating food that nourishes my body and exercising.  I don’t know why I never really put those things into the self-care category.  It was more “what I need to do to lose weight”.

Why, then, is it so hard to do?  Continue reading