Self-Care September: How I Spent Labor Day Weekend
Self-care is so important, yet so under-utilized. Stress is real and it can kill you. I have been exploring holistic health the last few years, which literally is the focus of the body and caring for it as a WHOLE, mind, body, and soul. It’s all connected and it’s all so important. As a generation, we are overworked, overweight, underpaid, and under-socialized. We don’t take care of us until it’s too late. I have decided for the month of September to really focus on myself and making sure I am doing what is ok for me.
September for me, in the line of work I am in is STRESSFUL. My body takes a big hit. I don’t sleep enough, I eat too much crap, I don’t exercise enough, and I don’t take enough time for me, just to unwind. So in the effort to combat that this year, I am being proactive in my approach. I have about 9 days before things get crazy so I am making sure to enjoy all the downtime that I possibly can without any other undue stress.
I spent the holiday weekend with my dog in the peace and quiet of a friends condo. I loved it. I was in the city limits, and it took me out of my normal environment. I read some books, played the Sims (my fave), and worked on wedding stuff. I also watched some TV, worked out, cooked every night, drank all the wine I wanted. I explored the neighborhood, had Sunday brunch with some girlfriends, and journaled. It was just what I needed. I also caught up on working on this here blog 🙂
My fiancé was out of town celebrating his bachelors weekend with all of his friends. Don’t get me wrong. I love my fiancé. We live together, and he’s the best roomie and friend I could ever live with, even if I wasn’t marrying him, lol. But I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like a little time to themselves to do NOTHING. It’s just a good feeling. He gets it, and he was happy I was able to get the time to myself.
Here are a few things on my list to do this month to focus on my self-care and wellbeing. I plan on blogging about the outcome of some of them, or if I do anything particularly cool or out-of-the-ordinary.
Self-Care September Goals
- Get a massage
- Workout at least 20 times (cardio for 30 minutes in all workout sessions)
- Start counseling
- Visit a Reiki practitioner
- Sage and Re-grid my home
- Get rid of stuff that I’ve accumulated that no longer suite me and is a waste of space (donate!)
- Meditate more often
- Work on my flexibility and yoga techniques
- Finish the book The Four Agreements
- Finish my Real Estate course
- Workout on my time-blocking scheduling technique and actually follow through.
- Eat no junk or highly processed food
- Get enough sleep
- Ride my bike
- Do positive affirmations and work on keeping a positive attitude