#365daysofselfcare: A Few Moments of ‘Me’ Time, Every Day
Last year I made a Blog For Mental Health pledge. Sadly, there is no pledge in 2016 and the Blog for Mental Health site is no longer being curated, though it is currently still accessible. However, this was a wonderful project (and it ran for several years) and I’m truly glad it got me blogging about this subject, albeit less regularly than I’d like!
It is ever so easy to lose sight of how important self-care is. You have a to do list. There’s washing to be done, bills to be paid, emails to answer, other people to help. Somewhere along the way, the ‘taking a moment for yourself’ priority slips further and further down.
So far this summer I’ve been really making time for myself and time to see things. It’s been amazing, something I’ve loved every minute of. I’ve been to museums and galleries, walked and reflected, read and – possibly most importantly of all – just had time for myself.
I know this isn’t how it can be every day – real life involves work and responsibilities and bills – but it has made me realise that we can make a little of every day our own. It’s made me realise I haven’t been doing that nearly enough. Worse, I haven’t been appreciating the little time I have had to do pleasant things. If I’m honest, at times I’ve almost resented spending time with loved ones. I’ve worried that whenever I was seeing them, they were thinking I didn’t visit enough or judging me when, in fact, they were probably just glad to see me, worried about how hard I was working and wishing I had more time (for myself, as much as for them!). My reflections this summer have made me realise that there could be a different way to do things, starting with appreciating what is around me.
In and amongst that, I discovered the #365daysofselfcare hashtag (not to mention the ever so lovely sticky notes which you can get to help give you a little nudge or reminder every day). I loved reading all the ways – little and large – people were finding to look after themselves every day. Some required very little time and energy, just the mindfulness to recognise that the moment was truly for themselves.
Today I posted my very first #365daysofselfcare tweet.
Day 1: Extra long hugs from family. Always having a kitty sleeping nearby. Ever so loud music. #365daysofselfcare (great tag to follow!)
— Donna Brown (@_mrs_b) July 27, 2016
I don’t know if I’ll do this every day but I was appreciative of the things that made today, which could otherwise have been rather difficult, much easier. Whether it’s marked through a personal internal reflection, a tweet or a sticky note, I hope I’ll find something to offer myself or appreciate every day in the way of self-care, whether it’s a poem that touches me, an unexpected hug or a few moments of peace enjoying a lovely view.
If you’re looking for some self-care ideas, check out the Twitter feed and/or this great post from Blurt.