Inspired by another thread :-) After spending a very long time thinking that I’m quite good at self care (because I do always eat clean and ensure that I get enough sleep) and assuming that I didn’t need to make any changes to my habits to improve my self care, on reflection I concede that I was wrong. There are many things that I could and should change in order to improve my self care. For example: I drink far too much coffee and not enough water; I don’t really exercise (difficult to fit it in going to the gym with my youngest being only 2 but I figure that I can walk/find exercises that I can do at home); I don’t plan my week out past the basics and I feel that my life would run a lot more smoothly if I micro-managed my life a lot more. So, I am going to read and research self care and make changes to my life that enable me to take care of myself to a better degree. I shall use this thread as a ‘blog of sorts’ to post useful resources that I find; write any tips that I perceive may help others and generally report on my progress. I would like to invite others to join me. To share their own resources/tips on self care; to come on their own ‘improve self care’ journey with me or even just to participate in discussion on this thread.
So just to start off. As of the last two days, I have reduced my coffee intake to 2 cups of coffee a day (I will reduce further in time but I am so addicted to caffeine that I need to reduce slowly); been making an effort to drink a lot more water (not difficult when some days I was drinking zero pure water and my only liquid intake was coffee) and been ensuring that I do at least 10 minutes of ‘brisk’ walking per day (I have found in the past that exercising and improving my cardiovascular health as a consequence of that exercise, is the only thing that gives me the boost in energy that I always seem to think I’m going to get from a cup of coffee).
Sounds like a really good idea. I've been guilty of this over the last 12 months for obvious reasons but normally I'm pretty good organised etc.
I do batch cooking when working to make life easier on long days.
I get up earlier than necessary on work days so that I don't have to rush and panic.
I clean the house on a certain day.
I go to bed early on 'school' nights.
I walk the dogs every day even if I'm on a real downer, it usually lifts my mood and its exercise.
Thank you for your input. I do some of these but the more ideas I can get from other people and resources the better. I bought a children's reward chart this morning and turned it into a weekly planner. I was going to type one out and laminate it but I thought why do that when I can get a pretty wipe clean planner from sainsburys? I already plan my paperwork/admin out each week but feel I would benefit from being a bit tighter on the organisation and planning front! I got a magazine on being mindful and leading a calm life too which I shall peruse when I have a moment. I really do need to learn to be calm because it's not something that I'm very good at, I'm far too good at being very busy!
My brain in just so busy today, in a good way. There are so many questions that I want to know the answer to; so many new avenues I can see opening in my life; so many new ways of understanding things that are starting to take shape in my brain. I feeling in a self development growth spurt kind of mood!
I also find exercise a difficult one! I think maybe because it's quite tedious - you need to use a lot of energy - and it's not really rewarding (and maybe the opposite: you sweat and have to take a shower, which is more work). I personally also don't find exercising by myself that enjoyable, I do like sports when it's played like a game with others, as there is a goal (to try to score points or win), but I don't really see the goal when doing it alone.
Personally I would find going to the gym or an exercise class as a waste of time, simply because I don’t have the spare time to do it so I would end up putting more pressure on myself in other areas. However, exercise that I can build into my everyday routine and that has a purpose works well for me. Walking is a good one and something that a lot of people overlook when thinking about exercise but as long as you’re walking at a reasonably fast pace then it is still classed as moderate exercise and thus does improve cardiovascular health. I don’t find walking really makes me sweat nor tires me out too much. I actually got really ‘on it’ with walking a lot in the couple of months before Christmas and was walking loads, for the school run; to the shops; even just for random walks in the country. I had so much more energy and found that doing that exercise first thing really set me up for the day. But then the Christmas holidays happened and I got out of the habit. I need to get back ‘on it’. It’s just a case of getting the children ready in time to walk the morning school run rather than having to use the car!
I found a couple of resources while browsing online, one is related to self care and one just seemed like a good resource, so I thought that I’d share them:
This one is a bit random but it appealed to me as I did an aromatherapy massage course years ago and know how to mix oils and I got a new oil burner at the weekend and was planning on getting back into burning aromatherapy oils anyway:
Energy. I kinda agree with you. After I did my half marathon I felt I could run another. And sometimes I cannot manage walking to the shops. I can procrastinate on things I don't like. I think you should do more partner or team sports. I hate those sports unless its karate. People find running boring, I kinda like the company of one. The point is to exercise, get fitter and remove barrier to it. Just do what how you want and the way you want.
As with sweat, I am lazy/efficient. I time my activity to end just before I shower. That way you only need one shower. I super stoked you are keeping at exercise.
I like that, timing the exercise to end just before shower time. That's the sort of thing that I'd do!