So, I’m going to put the TLDR tag at the top, and just ask, “What is your self-care routine?” And if you feel like sharing, “How did you come to that routine and what are your reasons for it?”
As I’ve said in another post, I keep a daily self-care routine list in a planner, and every day I mark off the things I get done. There is something deeply satisfying about seeing a completed list, and also knowing it is benefitting me by making me feel happier and healthier. So, here is my daily list and some short summaries of why:
- Walk 1 hr
- Read ½ hr
- Write 2k words (of whatever WIP I have going on)
- Edit previous 1st draft ½ hour
- Journal Yoga:
I started doing yoga about 6 months ago on a lark. It didn’t seem promising for me, because I am one of the clumsiest people in the world. While I haven’t exactly figured out how to be graceful yet, I have figured out that using my breath to aid me in stretching, focusing on being in the moment and accepting where I am and how I feel has been incredibly beneficial to me. Walk 1 hr:
This one is kind of two-fold for me. I believe that daily exercise is beneficial to everyone, but for me, it’s more than that. I have agoraphobia, so along with the daily exercise; it serves as great exposure for me. On a typical day I usually walk for longer than an hour, but that is my baseline. Read ½ hr:
Like the walking, the time is a baseline for me. I am a voracious reader, when I do sit down and read. Reading has always been an important part of my life, but, I found that it I don’t make it a priority I will go days without reading for pleasure and I feel better when I get that little bit of escape time in every day. Truth be told, I usually wind up going far beyond ½ hr actually finishing the book. Language:
Learning a new language has always been really difficult to me. And while I don’t expect to ever be fluent, taking the time every day to do a few lessons on Duolingo has made me feel like I’m working toward something that has meaning. Write 2k/Editing:
Back in November, after an almost 10 year hiatus, I decided to try participating in Nanowrimo again. I have this habit, when I feel bad, to stop doing things I love to do, and Nanowrimo kicked my butt into gear again on the writing front. Since November, aside from when I was sick, I’ve written every day, and it makes me feel so good, creative, and accomplished. This has become essential to my well-being.
Editing is less fun, but I do enjoy breaking down a project and then putting it back together again. Journal:
I’ve always gone through stops and starts with journaling, but since I am the type of person that doesn’t share her feelings super easily, getting them out onto a page at the end of the day is really helpful for me. It’s important for me to find ways to understand the ways in which I think and feel.