Everyone is talking about self-care at the moment and I quite often treat myself to the odd fifteen minutes here and here. This month, however I decided to spend all of September consciously indulging in some self-care everyday – you can read the original post here. I often find the transition between Summer and Autumn quite difficult and so I thought perhaps by looking after myself it might make things a little easier. October is a difficult month for me as it marks a year since the event that ruined my mental health. The idea behind this month of self-care was to set myself up in a positive mindset to confront the coming months.
Planning my month of self-care –
I made an effort to ensure that my chosen self-care for each day would fit around my daily plans. Sometimes I was unable to do the thing that I had listed for that day and so I did something else – for instance one day I had suggested I had a bath, however I was just too busy and so instead I treated myself to a face mask and a cup of tea (you can read about it here).
I knew that to successfully complete this month I would have to be flexible and I was mindful of this when I set myself the challenge.
If you’re going to do something similar then I would suggest sitting down with your diary and looking at when you have plans. For example, we had a holiday to North Wales planned and so I knew that on the days we were travelling my self-care would be somewhat limited. I decided to treat myself to something yummy that day, which was easily achieved with a nice lunch once we arrived.
Where can you read my weekly updates?
I combined my experiences of my self-care within my weekly updates otherwise I thought I would just be repeating myself over and over.
You can find these weekly updates below:
Did you enjoy indulging in self-care each day?
I have to say that I absolutely loved treating myself to some self-care each day, it was really something to look forward to. I would wake up and check my list as to what treat I had in store for the day. On days where I had something stressful going on I would keep my self-care for just after it as a reward for completing it.
If you’re thinking about taking part in this challenge then sit down and write a list of the things you enjoy. Do your research and take ideas from multiple blogs to ensure that you have the best activities for you. I included a huge range of different types of self-care as I knew that would suit me best, however if you know that your only time to indulge will be of an evening it may limit what you can treat yourself to.
How do you feel after a month of self-care?
I feel amazing.
If you’ve been reading my weekly updates you’ve probably noticed a more positive attitude from me. I’m not claiming that this is solely down to my self-care, there are many other contributing factors. However, I do believe that it has played a big part in keeping me sane lately, with all the other stresses and anxieties that I’ve had to contend with.
I’ve had a couple of bouts of a sinus infection and whilst feeling unwell my self-care rituals have made such a difference to how I’ve been feeling. Thy’ve given me something to look forward to and something to do when I barely felt like getting out of bed.
I cannot recommend a month of self-care enough. I’m going to make the effort to continue treating myself to something small each day and enjoying the little things.
Do you find that self-care has a positive impact on you and your mental health?