Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. Because of the pinched nerve in my neck, I’ve been doing more editing and reading this week while I wait for my neck to heal. It’s getting much better thanks to my chiropractor, but I believe my treadmill days are over. There will no longer be treadmill season at the Orchard’s.
I’m not upset about that. I’ve always disliked running on a treadmill. But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about self-care. I know I’ve talked about this before, but I feel it’s important. Sometimes we get stretched too thin, and we need to take a moment and regroup.
There’s nothing wrong with that. We can’t be going full tilt all the time. I can always tell when I hit the wall. I get tired and cranky, and I don’t enjoy the things I usually enjoy.
Here are my go-to self-care activities.
- Reading. I grab a good book and curl up on the couch. I do this during the winter more because it’s too cold to go outside. Did you know reading for just fifteen minutes reduces your stress level by 60%?
- Exercise. Exercise is a great stress reliever, and it gets those endorphins going. Even a walk is good for you. Especially if you’re a writer and you sit at a desk all day.
- Hiking. Hiking is also good for you. I love hiking in the woods, and if you hike in the woods, you get the added benefit of receiving phytoncides from the trees. In Japan, this is called forest-bathing and it’s a real thing.
- Painting. I’m learning to paint, and it’s a great way to take a break. I’m still creating something, but it’s just for me, so I don’t have to worry about what anyone else thinks about it.
- Yoga. Yoga is another great way to create calmness within yourself. You stretch your muscles, and you relax while becoming more aware. It’s a great feeling.
So, there you have it. Five things I do when I’m in need of some self-care. I know there are more. What do you do for self-care? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!
11 thoughts on “Self Care: It’s a Choice”
Boxing does it for me, with the tears in my rotator cuff and cataract surgery I have been really missing it. 🥊🥊
I bet. I hope you heal quickly so you can get back at it! 🙂
Reading reduces 60% stress levels? Wow! Thanks, Lisa. I mediate, exercise and practice Wim Hof deep breathing. Sure helped get through the pandemic. Wink. Great post!
Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. I’ve got to start meditating too. I can’t seem to quiet my mind for long enough. It takes practice, I’m sure. I appreciate your support!
Stay well. Thanks for shared advice.❤️
Ouch! I hope your neck heals quickly.
Thank you! I hope it does, too! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
I’m glad you’ve found some things to make you feel better! For me, doing anything creative, especially writing, is the self-care I need!
I hear you. I need to write too. In fact, I get cranky when I don’t write. However, sometimes you need a break from writing too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your support!
I hope you’re well on the mend, Lisa! Reading is definitely at the top of my self-care activities. That, and asking others to pick up the slack around here!
Good for you! I don’t have any trouble asking my boys to help out. They are usually more than willing to do so!