• Nicky

Self Care Saturday

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Spring has arrived in Canada. It's a time when things come back to life - and I feel like I have too. Now that we are no longer in "survival mode" I finally feel that I have a chance to focus on some higher order needs.

A triangle with stacked sections - from top to bottom: self-actualization, esteem, love & belonging, safety, physiological
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Over the past several months I've noticed some bad habits have formed in terms of taking care of myself, and that I need to pay more attention to certain areas. In order to ensure that I commit, I've created a few "rules" for self care.

1. My bedtime routine. Make one for yourself and commit. When your sleep improves, everything improves!

2. Blocking out time in the day for myself. For me, this is easiest to accomplish during the baby's morning nap. I don't always know how much time I'll have, and I have to stay at home, so no errands or going for a run. But I committed myself to not doing housework during this time, and I've stuck with it. This time is just for me and whatever I want to do, whether it's read, knit, or take a nap myself.