Everyday Self Care

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how to best take care of myself. I honestly have no idea whether or not Seasonal Affective Disorder impacts me, but as I get older I almost always contract a case of Weather-Related-Bailing-Disorder. Otherwise known as spinster hibernation.


Anyways I was reading this article by Kris Carr the other day and one paragraph really stood out to me. She said that every time she found herself not knowing what to do in a situation this is what she would think about:

…Brian, my sweet hubby. I put him in the situation I’m facing, and think of what advice I’d give him. Say it’s 2pm, I have a few deadlines that I absolutely have to meet still to go, but I’m beat. There’s no gas left in the tank. If Brian told me this, I’d say, “take a 20-minute nap, and when you wake up I’ll make you some tea.” Voila, my action plan is born!

So first of all I thought this was great advice and second of all I was mildly horrified. I want to be caring and compassionate as a partner, friend and caregiver but I don’t want to forget how to take care of myself first. And I think it’s important that you remember how to take care of yourself on a daily basis, when you’re in need and even when you just want a little treat.

So I made some lists. Working drafts. Of ways I’d like to take care of myself. The advice I am giving myself in advance.



Okay I know this is a bit goofy. But it felt really great to write down. And I know teeth brushing seems like an odd one but its such a small and manageable form of self-care that I like to include it. :)

What would you put on your lists?

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  • Reply raechel October 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I *love* this idea, and I’m in desperate need of making self-care practices part of my routine again. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Danielle @ Labelsarefortincans October 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I am a BIG fan of self-care. Since practicing it on a daily basis I am just a happier and healthier person. I made a list a while back of 31 things to improve my mood – many related to self care. I love curling up with a magazine and cup of tea or treating myself to a healthy lunch!

  • Reply wildlyhealthyblog October 22, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I love this idea. Happy you are bloggin’ again!

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