Self-care for a Monday

Karen shared another quiz, this time a wee quick one about self-care. It was actually quite interesting to think about so maybe give it a go yourself.

  • Do you practice self-care? Is it a term you use or is it a foreign concept?

I don’t think I’ve ever used the term specifically, I usually call it introvert time, but the idea is very important to me. I can get easily overwhelmed by too much ‘input’ or spending too long around people, so my main self care is staying aware of my energy/overwhelm levels, getting out of situations when they become too much, and having non-negotiable alone time throughout the week to recharge.

At the moment I’m working on the more difficult self-care of doing hard things to make life better, i.e. sorting and decluttering my entire flat. It’s hard work (and a bit stressful), but I know when it’s done my mind will be clearer and it will lift some weight off my shoulders.

 

  • How do you practice self-care in a physical way? Do you put make up on or get your hair done? Maybe get a massage? Go for a run?

Mainly powerlifting at the gym (although that’s been a bit overwhelming itself recently, what with being chock full of newbies), and running is also good when I need to get out of my own head.

They help me stay as healthy as I can, with the added bonus that everything feels and tastes AMAZING afterwards. Having a shower and putting on my big, cosy jumper straight after the gym feels like being hugged by my 10 favourite people all at once.

 

  • How do you practice self-care in a mental way? Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you sit quietly and empty your mind?

Running kind of covers this as well – if I get stuck in an over-thinking loop I go out for a run and focus on timing my breath with my footsteps, and everything else goes quiet.

Journalling can also help, as I deal better with written words than the noise in my mind, and everyone knows how good crochet and knitting are for your health.

 

  • Do you consider time alone to be self-care? Or time with family? Or time with friends?

All of the above, in some ways. I miss my friends and family when I don’t see them, and visiting them makes me happy so that’s a kind of care. But alone time is definitely the number one priority for me.

I work in an open-plan office for 40 hours a week, and I have a lot of hobbies that involve other people; I NEED my alone time to recharge so I can be a decent human being. I can get really snappy when I’m burnt out.

 

What do you think?

Hannah

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Adulting Q&A

Here are 23 questions for Grown Ups. Let’s have fun!

  1. What bill do you hate the most? Internet, because it’s rubbish and I hate that I have to pay so much for something that doesn’t work properly!
  2. When was the last time you had a romantic dinner? Last weekend.
  3. What did you really want to be when you grew up? A vet.
  4. How many colleges did you attend? 1 college and 2 universities.
  5. Why did you choose the dress you wore today? It’s tartan, which makes me happy.
  6. What do you drive? A rolling scrap heap.
  7. First thought when the alarm goes off? What day is it?
  8. Last thought you have before you go to bed? Usually calculating how much sleep I can get if I fall asleep RIGHT NOW.
  9. Do you miss being a child? I do, it was so much easier.
  10. What errand/chore do you despise the most? Grocery shopping.
  11. Up early or sleep in? Up early, whether I like it or not.
  12. Found love yet? Yeah 🙂
  13. Favorite lunch meat? I don’t think I have one.
  14. What do you get every time at Walmart? We don’t have those.
  15. Beach or lake? Beach.
  16. Is marriage overrated? I wouldn’t say it’s overrated, I just think it’s pushed WAY too much as a ‘life goal’ for women.
  17. Ever crashed a vehicle? Not yet.
  18. Strangest place you’ve ever brushed your teeth? Um. I only ever brush my teeth in the bathroom.
  19. Name a place you’ve never been but want to go? Oh there’s a list! Italy, Ireland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Mexico…
  20. Do you have a go-to person? I do!
  21. Are you where you want to be in life right now? Much closer than I thought I could be this time last year.
  22. Growing up what were your favorite cartoons? Hey, Arnold!, Recess, Willo The Wisp.
  23. What do you think has changed about you since you have gotten older? I care far less about what other people think of me, I’m not afraid of being strong and taking up space, and I’m more willing to defend my need for introvert time.

If you’d like to join in feel free to put your answers in the comments or leave a link if you’ll be blogging them.

Hannah

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