I feel that self care is going to be extra important to me during the month of February. Usually I can go for brief periods neglecting myself and then play “catch-up” (not saying that this is right, but this is real talk). However, in the coming weeks I will need to actively schedule in time for myself. My time is cramping up and I deserve (nay, require!) a space that is devoted to me and my health.
To me, self care is, among other things: stretching, lighting scented candles, reading a book, eating chocolate, buying myself a cappuccino, leaving my work at work, yoga, cleaning, having dinner planned out, time in bed, writing a letter or an email to someone I love, writing on this blog, doing crossword puzzles, not speaking for a time…
Some examples of other forms of self care that I have seen this morning:
- A man on the bus rapping loudly along to his iPod. His energy, connection to his music, and his bright smile astounded me. It is a gift to be so energetic and excited about anything at 7:30am, in negative 10 windchill, on public transportation.
- The black and electric blue eyeliner of the barista at the Coffee Tree. This girl was an artist. She was fabulous and she knew it.
- A man reading Killing Kennedy at the coffee shop before work. He was dressed in a fancy suit and had a gorgeous leather briefcase propped in the chair next to him. I imagined that he is an attorney (Hi Dad!) and had a stressful day of litigations ahead of him.
As for me, my self-care so far today has included putting on my favorite pair of warm wooly socks to face the frigid temperatures. More to come!
What is your self care?
Jam of the day: Josh Ritter “Joy to You Baby”