08 Jan Self Care: Put your mask on first
January is self-care month. I like to think of every day as self-care day, but of course I also think every day is my birthday. And what does one do on his or her birthday? Hopefully whatever they want. THAT to me is self-care. To wander. To play. To be.
Never do anything you don’t want to do
A couple years ago, during a brief conversation in the HSN hallways, Suzy Orman shared with me, “I never do anything I don’t want to do.” Pow! This stuck with me for days, and apparently years, as I pondered what it must be like to never to do anything you don’t want to do. Now, that’s self-care. That’s putting your mask on first.
So, tactically, what would that day look like?
First, up early. Write in stream of consciousness in my Artist’s Way Journal–three pages, just a mind-dump, writing to clear the space. Then, coffee or my latest favorite: homemade Chai tea latte that Darin has perfected. Once caffeinated, I would head to the gym to work out on the TRX bands, or do weights with the Sweat app. Lately though, I’ve just focused on cardio so I can read while I’m on the bike.
Why read? Well, I wanted to challenge myself this year so I’m reading one book each day and doing live video book summaries at noon. I didn’t initially think of this as self-care. However, now on my 2nd week of reading I am realizing that this challenge was the best self care gift ever. My mind feels alive; I feel energized and focused. And because I have committed to to reading a book each day I have had to cut out a lot of time wasting activities. Clearly they weren’t that important anyway.
But I digress, the next step in a self care indulgence day for me would be some stretching. Sometimes Hatha yoga moves outside on the dock. Sometimes a guided sequence in the Sweat app, or sometimes I like to stretch infront of the tv, while watching/listening to my favorite inspirational podcasts.
At this point in the day, well, this girl just wants to have fun! How about a little volleyball bump time with my daughter? Or a walk on the beach? Or maybe I’ll just play some 80s music.