Isn’t it strange how often we neglect ourselves? I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that when you are cramming to get lots done in a day the last thing of your To Do List is self care related.
Pampering yourself might even sound like a luxury to you but it really shouldn’t be. Ultimately, self care is essential to your physical and mental well being but I know that it’s something I am guilty of neglecting on a regular basis.
In a recent conversation with my sister, I told her that because I’ve been really focused on the shop over the last few months, I was struggling to keep on top of other things that are usually important to me and that make me feel good about myself.
After working on the shop my priorities have been things like remembering to blog weekly (so far so good - go me!) and to remember to put a decent amount of food in the fridge (which I’ve mostly stuck to) and not to let the washing pile get so large that I need two laundry baskets (currently I just have one very tall pile so not too bad I suppose)
Some of you will also know that Mark has been suffering for many months now with chronic pain caused by two slipped discs in his back. This has made the last few months pretty miserable for him as he works long hours on his feet as a chef and as of right now has not yet got a date for the surgery he badly needs. It’s crazy how much we take our health for granted. I certainly forget to appreciate how wonderful it is just to wake up in the morning and be able to jump out of bed and crack on with your day - even when you don’t feel like it.
Last night, we had a lovely ‘date night’ as Mark had the night off work and it had been another boiling hot day and despite the fact that we were both tired enough to crash on the sofa, we pulled it together and had such a good evening out.
And it just made me think that it’s so easy to forget about looking after yourself but it makes such a huge difference to how you feel and by spending just a bit more time on you, in turn you will have the energy and enthusiasm to carry on focusing on others.
So, for the month of August I’ve created a “Self Care Challenge” with a suggestion for every day of the month to help ensure that you are treating yourself as well as you treat others. As much as anything, I think that by consciously making an effort to create a bit of ‘me time’ you will be more aware of yourself and your own needs. Of course you can mix up the suggestions and days that work best for you but I hope you’ll give it a go and also let me know if you find it helpful. I’m going to try my best to follow it too and see how I feel at the end of the month.