So, as I mentioned in my last post, whenever things get nutty in my life the first things to go are the things that are best for me. The is the first part in a series that I am doing on self-care. These won't be SLP-specific, but I am sure that I am not the only SLP who puts other priorities above my own health, so hopefully what I share will be of value to others.
In this post I will outline some of the self-care topics that I plan to review in future posts. I'm not currently doing all of these things but, as I get back to making myself a priority, I plan to resume them as I go along.
In no particular order, here are some of my favourite self-care activities:
- Eating healthy
- Going for walks
- Creating something
- Spending time with family and friends
- Relaxing at home
I'm sure I'm forgetting some, so I may have to edit this post if I remember more. :-)
Now, the bigger question is HOW will I get myself to do these things? One thing I learned about myself by reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book, Better Than Before, is that I am an Obliger. (Want to find out what your tendency is? Take Gretchen's quiz, The Four Tendencies, here).
While I knew deep down that this was a tendency of mine, I hadn't really thought about it consciously before and the results of her quiz really made me more aware of this. This has helped me a few times already to stop myself from cutting something for myself to do something for someone else (it's a process, I'm still not catching myself all the time).
One of her suggestions for Obligers is that they make their aspirations public, in order to give them that external accountability that they need. That is essentially what I am hoping to achieve by sharing my self-care aspirations here. :-)
I think I will come up with a plan to start incorporating the other activities into my life over the next couple months, so that I can start on my birthday (birthdays just seem like a good time to start projects like this). I am doing a few of the activities I listed above currently and I intend to continue to do them while I develop my plan.
What are your favourite self-care activities? Let me know in the comments, maybe I will remember something I've forgotten or pick up a new gem.