I’m hearing more and more lately of people wanting to prioritize self-care as a goal of theirs. The first time I heard it (probably over a year ago), I thought it was a little strange. But as time goes on, I’m starting to realize just how truly important this is and am making it more central to my daily activities.
Sometimes I get off track though, I’m sure you can understand. We get so busy, running around, rushing from appointments, errands, jobs/volunteer gigs – out of breath and tired. Having my surgery last week was the perfect time to “reset” and focus more on me.
I honestly feel like I can’t properly take care of others if I don’t care for me. So here are some things I’ve been doing to take care of myself.
I finished reading the Hand Maid’s Tale recently – great book, I picked up and read A Dog’s Purpose in less than 3-days- AMAZING! and am just settling in to read Between the World and Me). What books have you been enjoying lately?
Is there anything more relaxing than soaking in a body of warm water? Not for me! I usually just don’t have time and I feel super guilty since California has been in a severe drought for the past few years. But with all of the rain we’ve been getting (and because I couldn’t shower after my surgery for 5 days!), I have relaxed in some nice baths.
As I couldn’t watch tv for the first several days, I listened to some movies, but that got boring. A few friends suggested some Podcasts (like Mortified which is completely hilarious!) and I’m starting to get more into them. Do you listen to any? Which ones?
This is something I have tried in the past, several times, and i never like it. I want to like it so much as I know it’s very good for the body, mind & soul. As I wasn’t able to exercise for the first week after my surgery, I challenged myself to a 31-day yoga practice. My friend Di showed me this online channel that follows a gentle yoga. One of my goals for this year was to stretch more and try a bit of meditation – this hits it all. I find starting my mornings with this gentle yoga, helps set the tone for the day and I’m more relaxed and happy for the day. And Adriene is just so completely adorable and her mantra is to honour where you are in the present – which is great for a yogi beginner like me and for seasoned pros like Di)
“Cheezy” Basil pasta made by my friend Katy
Tofu Scramble Bowl made by Di
S’mores Bowls made by Di
It’s important to fill our bodies with nourishing foods all of the time, but especially when we have inflammation in our bodies and/or are recovering from surgery or injury. I have been trying to make sure I have probiotics (kraut & coconut yogurt!) to counter balance the antibiotics I was given. I made soothing ginger lemon teas, ate lots of veggies & veggies. But I also had some not as nourishing things, like chocolate and take out food (especially since I wasn’t up for cooking) and I did this guilt free. I typically stress over everything that goes in my body, so this has been a welcome change. And I found myself incredibly grateful for the number of friends I had come by and make food or bring me food from my favourite places.
So. Much. Extra. Sleep. I am one of those people that generally gets 8 hours of sleep a night. I can manage on 7, but 8 is my jam. I already know the importance of sleep. But after having surgery, I need more sleep – I’ve been sleeping about 9-10 hours a night. I was wondering if that was bad as the days wore on, but of course not. My body tells me what it needs if I just take the time to listen carefully, and my body is still trying to heal & repair itself.
What are you favourite ways to take care of yourself?