In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it can get pretty easy to forget about ourselves. I keep hearing time and time again that self-care is imperative, not just some superfluous activity meant for special occasions. I’ve read and seen countless articles and videos about how the amount of self-care anyone devotes to themselves is directly correlated to their overall happiness in life. Maybe because when our “buckets” are so called “full”, then that good stuff can spill over into every other area of our lives: relationships, business, etc.
So for the month of June, since it is my birthday month, it’s a perfect time to focus on me. I’d like to aim to do one self care item a day. I’ve tried to make these activities as low key and inexpensive (most are free) as possible. They don’t even have to be fun, but they do need to be self-beneficial. This may sound selfish, and though that’s probably the reason I haven’t incorporated self-care into my life in a real way until now, it’s actually the most selfless thing I can do. Or at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. I’ll give you guys an update after this month is over. Behold, my daily self-care list for June 2018:
- Go to bed an hour early and bask in everything that is getting an ample amount of sleep.
- Go on a long walk outside, enjoy the fresh air, and explore new places in my neighborhood.
- Eat a delicious, fresh-made baked good without any guilt.
- Get musical and discover a new song to be obsessed with this summer. (P.S. Mine is “Jump”, by Julia Michaels)
- Call a good friend who I haven’t spoken to in a while.
- Fit in a really good, sweaty workout into my schedule.
- Send my son to a babysitter, without feeling guilty, and have a couple hours to myself after work to just chill.
- Do my “full glam” makeup routine, without feeling rushed, for Shabbat.
- Read a book for 30 minutes alone, without anyone interrupting me.
- Give myself a spa day where I spend a good amount of time doing all the things for myself I never get to (like taking an extra long shower, exfoliating and moisturizing my skin, and the obligatory face and hair masks).
- Go to a friend’s house and watch The Bachelorette. (I should probably be more embarrassed about this one, but ehh, I’m not.)
- Give myself a manicure.
- Make myself a really healthy and delicious, involved breakfast that takes more time than usual, in order to nourish my body.
- Meditate for 10 minutes.
- Youtube a beginner’s yoga routine and do it in my bedroom.
- Play a card/board game with friends and family (I’m a closet nerd. Okay, maybe without the “closet” part.)
- Go to a nearby hotel for a staycation as a special Father’s Day outing and just relax.
- Go for a quick swim early in the morning at the hotel.
- Take some time to myself to sing karaoke (yes, I do this.)
- Have a dance party by myself (yes, I do this too.)
- Buy myself a birthday present: a new outfit.
- Go through my clothes and purge everything that doesn’t make me feel great. (I may not have any clothes after this.)
- Learn some Toyrah. (Preferably Pirkei Avot).
- Wear my sheitel. All. Day. Long. (I usually just wear hats.)
- Welcome my parents to town for their visit, and go out to dinner with them.
- It’s my BIRTHDAY! Get a pedicure with my mom.
- Get artistic and go to a paint night.
- Give myself extra time to daven.
- Give myself some time to say Tehillim and say a few special tefilot from my Aneni after candle lighting starts.
- Watch a good movie.
Okay guys, that’s it. I’d love it if we did this together. I’m aware that we’re already a few days into the month, but if you want to join me or make your own custom version, make sure to comment below and tell me about it! And please tell me what you guys do for self-care that I didn’t mention on my list. I’d love to incorporate even more things into my self-care routine for next month if all goes well. Hope your week is going well guys! Until next time.
Take care (see what I did there?),