After posting my self-care morning routine earlier this week (read that one *here*), I thought I would share how I practise self-care throughout the day.
No, that doesn’t mean I’m trading in work for a long bubble bath and a book – instead, it means that I’m regularly checking in on myself to make sure that I don’t ~overdo it~ and that I step away from work when I need to and I can look back on the day and feel like it was balanced with work and play. After all, all work and no play makes Cat and dull girl. Yep, I just said that and I cringed as I typed it. But there it shall stay.
So I mentioned this in my morning routine, but with the This is My Era planner I’ve been using, it works really well for me to keep journalling throughout the day.
I will update and amend my schedule as needed, make notes such as what I’ve eaten, how much water I’ve drunk and any other key elements of my day that help me work towards my goals. I can also tick off the to-do’s as I go, and in my journal, it asks for 3 wins and 3 things I’ve learned each day and instead of trying to recall those at night, I’ll jot them down as and when they occur to me.
I’ll confess that exercise does not form a part of my day every day. However, I try to make sure that I have done at least some form of exercise even if it’s just walking to the Post Office to send off an eBay parcel. Exercise is so important, especially when you work a desk job and so aiming small is sometimes the best way to ensure you aren’t just glued to your desk all day.
The goal is to go to the gym at least twice a week – it doesn’t always happen, but it’s something to aim towards. On those weeks that my gym membership isn’t getting used to its potential, I still opt to walk into town for meetings or walk around Sainbo’s to get the groceries. Something is better than nothing.
Taking regular breaks during the day, particularly after tackling a big task, is absolutely key for me. If I’ve just had my head down for a few hours writing up a blog post for a client, or I’ve been dealing with my bookkeeping for the month, I have to walk away afterwards for some breathing room.
I find that the days where I have breaks between (or sometimes during) tasks are actually my most productive because I don’t get knackered by 3pm and take a nap. Although, that’s totally OK too.
This may just be me but I find organising to be super therapeutic. Whether I’m tidying up the assortment of post-it notes that have taken over my desk, or I’m hanging some washing on the airer to dry, I feel much better for having broken up my working tasks with organisation ones.
Not only does it feel satisfying at the time, I then don’t have so much of a job on a Sunday afternoon trying to make the house look presentable for the new week.
Tidy house, tidy mind as they say…
Making social plans
I’m fortunate enough to work from home, so I occasionally make weekday social plans with other business owners/freelancers I know in the area. I also try and make social plans to see local friends in the evening and to spend time with my Mum.
Being social helps me to overcome that ~freelance loneliness~ and also often gives me a fresh burst of energy when I’m around others. It’s a nice feeling, and I 100% recommend dedicating more of your time to social engagements to look after yourself. I’d consider myself pretty introverted, but I do sometimes crave human interaction!
Self-care comes in so many different shapes and sizes that with some planning and dedication, you could incorporate a lot more of it into your day without compromising on the to-do list. What’s your favourite form of self-care, and how often do you ~really~ find time for it?