I’ve been thinking a lot about self care lately and how I could treat myself a little better, so I thought that it would be a good opportunity to share some of the ways that I am trying to be more gentle/kind to myself.
let’s hear it for Spring renewal!!
Some physical forms of self care that I have committed to have been difficult to follow up with. For instance, I had blogged recently that I was going to be going to the gym once a week. I will admit that since making that promise, I have only gone the one time, but I have made more of an effort to get outside with my dogs. Go for longer walks. Play more.
A few years ago, I bought a pocket guide to trails of Toronto that are accessible by transit. What a brilliant little book! I wasn’t able to find it online and so I can’t provide a link to the exact book that I bought, but I found this one that looks very similar (BEST HIKES AND WALKS IN TORONTO: 10 Hiking and Walking Trails in Parks and Outdoors), which is available on Amazon for $3.07 CND. Pretty great deal, right!!?
I suggest that everyone do a quick search online and try to find trail guides for their city. You don’t know what you could be missing in your own home town!
It has given my boyfriend and I plenty of ideas of marvellous places that we can take the dogs for an afternoon spent outdoors.
Another physical form of self care has been a top to bottom Spring cleaning of our studio. We live in a converted warehouse apartment that is kind of under a bridge and beside train tracks. We huge floor to ceiling windows.. that we love.. but that also let in tons of dust from the rails and traffic, so we have to do a major once over of our whole house at least twice a year, or else we’d be living under mounds of dust.
We are trying to simplify and pare down what we don’t need because our place isn’t that big, so I have let go of about half of my beloved library of books and my boyfriend has been purging his closet items.
He is in a band and so he has tons of instruments and miscellaneous gear, so to free up some space he and some friends are planning to rent a practice space where he can store all that stuff and we can have some breathing room in our apartment.
How many of you are joining us in our Spring cleaning efforts?? What sort of stuff are you getting rid of? What are your #apartmentgoals??
Moving on, I have also been practicing some mental forms of self care. For instance I have started reading a few books. I am coming to slowly realize that I may have taken on more than I can chew, so I am putting some of my books on hold. I think I can manage reading 3 books at a time. That’s pretty good, right??
One of the books that I am especially enjoying is When You Find Out the World is Against You: And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments by Kelly Oxford. I’ll be honest.. I picked this book up at a grocery store. I just fell in love with the cover, plus she got a blurb by James Franco on the jacket, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m really glad I did because it’s honestly super good and really funny.
I have been trying to pick up some new skills. I can’t discuss all of these skills now because some pertain to the site and some super stuff that are presently in the works, but some other skills I’ve been working to master include cooking with the Instant Pot, upping my game on Instagram, and photography with my Nikon DSLR Camera.
I have also been sewing again.. now that I’ve cleaned my workspace.. and I am working to create some meditation pillows for myself and some friends. I will do a tutorial of them once I have finished.
Finally, for emotional self care, I am trying to practice mindfulness everyday.. but I miss days all the time (I need to re-commit!) Mindfulness is about losing self-judgement and living in the now and so I just need to move on from missed days and start anew the next day.
For anyone who is interested in starting their own mindfulness practice, I would highly recommend the Calm app (available on IOS and Android) and their website, which has some free materials on it. The app has a million guided meditations that are specifically designed for any occasion (anxiety, fear, depression, stress, etc), sleep stories that have been narrated by notable personalities, and lots of music and nature sounds. I love it.
I have yet to start, but I have downloaded a yoga streaming network off of my Apple TV. I am hoping that it is something that I can introduce to my mornings on a regular basis.
Who else practices mindfulness and yoga out there?? Are there any good resources that you can share?
Another emotional self care aspect that I am really looking forward to is the weekly date that my boyfriend and I have committed ourselves to. He works.. like a lot.. and I am rather introverted on my computer so much of the time. We recently came to realize that we weren’t really aware of what was going on in each other’s lives. These dates, once a week, should give us the opportunity to catch up.. even if it’s just for an hour.
Lastly, the most significant form of my self care has always been my journal writing. I recommend that everyone keep a journal. I am rather obsessive about mine, writing for around 4 hours everyday. I write about everything. It is my way of processing and brainstorming and resolving whatever is on my mind.
What are some ways that you practice self care?