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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A brief non-crafty interjection

You might know that one of my many hobbies is powerlifting. I usually don’t share much about that here, because it’s nothing to do with crafting, but just this once I’m so proud of myself that telling only my IRL friends isn’t enough!

Having been deadlifting for only 7 months, this is me pulling 100kg for 5 reps:

Lookit me go! I don’t even care about the stupid faces I pull 😉

Hannah

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40 things about me

More fun from Kathy and I’m joining in!

1. Do you like mustard? Only in a honey-mustard combination.
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? Doctor Pepper
3. Ever traveled to another country? China, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, ‘Murica, Wales.
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? Vodka if I must
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food? Thai
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Nope
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Black coffee
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Nope
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Summer
11. Favorite hobby? Powerlifting
12. Tattoos? No, but I do want some
13. Do you wear glasses? No
14. Phobia? Balloons
15. Nickname? Hannah spanner fish cake (don’t ask)
16. Three drinks you drink? Chai, coffee, water
17. Biggest Downfall? Over-thinking
18. Rain or Snow? Rain
19. Piercings? 2 in each ear
20. Age? 31
21. Taken or Single? Well I have a boyfriend.
22. How long taken or single? 4 months
23. Kids? Never
24. Favorite color? Green
25. Employed? Yup
26. Can you whistle? A bit
27. Where were you born? Englandshire
28. Brothers or Sisters? 1 of each
29. Ninjas or Pirates? Ninjas
30. Surgeries? None yet
31. Religious? Not really
32. Shower or Bath? Shower
33. Like gambling? Not that bothered
34. Are You Loyal? Yes
35. Broken bones? Little finger
36. How many TVs in your house? 1
37. Worst pain ever? Spraining my knee
38. Do you like to dance? Yep!
39. Are your parents still alive? Yes, thankfully.
40. Do you like camping? No.

 

Feel free to comment or do a post with your own answers, I love learning about my bloggy friends!

Hannah

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Quiz Time!

I’ve been quiet for a while so now I have a spare few minutes here’s a quiz from Karen at nothingbutknit.

1. What was the last food you ate?

Graze protein peanut butter dipper. Yum.

2. Do you sleep with socks on?

I can’t sleep with socks on, my feet hate them.

3. Worst physical pain you’ve had?

Spraining my knee.

4. Favourite place you have ever been?

Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

5. How late did you stay up last night?

I went to bed about 10:30, but couldn’t get to sleep for ages.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?

Probably New Zealand.

7. What is your favourite sport?

Powerlifting! Or rugby if I’m just watching.

8. When was the last time you cried?

A few days ago.

9. Who took your profile pic?

Me.

10. Two of your favourite movies?

Moulin Rouge and Mulan.

11. What’s your favourite season? 

Summer.

12. If you could have any career what would it be?

Novelist.

13. What was the last book you read?

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?

My Gramps.

15. Are you a good influence on other people?

I don’t really know!I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly bad influence.

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?

As long as I don’t have to eat it, sure.

17. You have the remote, what show is on?

Sherlock or Doctor Who.

18. Last text message:

Can you call them again?

19. What’s the last concert you’ve been to?

Hmmm…. I honestly can’t remember.

20. Favorite food:

Chicken flavour instant ramen. Don’t judge.

21. Favorite album all-time? 

I don’t have an all-time favourite, it changes regularly.

22. Favorite day of the week?

Saturday.

23. Have you ever drunk alcohol?

Yes, occasionally.

24. Did you go to college?

Yep – college, two physical universities, and one Open University course.

25. Have you ever experienced depression? 

Yes. It was set off in 2013 and I’ll likely be dealing with it on and off for the rest of my life.

 

I don’t want to end with that so I’m adding in another question:

26. What made you smile today?

My boyfriend called me unexpectedly and made me laugh 🙂

 

Hannah

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