I was afraid I was going to get a full-blown migraine, so I decided to take the whole day “off”.
I pronounced Sunday my self-care day, took a painkiller and spent the rest of the day taking care of myself: I did 2 hours of Feldenkrais and 1 hour of diy trigger-point therapy. Rest of the time I spent curled under a blanket with a good book. I think it’s needless to say that I had to limit my computer time to minimum, i.e. checking my email and Facebook a couple of times…
My self-care day seemed to have helped because my neck pain had and headache had diminished considerably on Monday morning.
Because headaches (I used to suffer from chronic tension headaches) are a relatively rare occurrence to me these days, I spent some time thinking about my late headaches and neck tensions on Monday. I had to admit that I haven’t been taking as good care of myself as I used to and it’s starting to show. Often seven days or more can go by so that I don’t do any Feldenkrais, and it’s obviously not enough to keep me out of trouble.
Nothing is more important in my life than staying headache-free! I don’t want to get back to those bad old days when I had headaches that lasted for weeks on end. If it means doing Feldenkrais at least three times a week, it’s something I must find time for. It’s so easy think you can cut back on your self-care if you have no acute problems, but that’s a mistake.
I did some thinking on the minimum amount of self-care I need to be in good shape emotionally and physically. I think I need at least the following:
- 3 x Feldenkrais lessons per week
- An hour of physical activity on most days (more than 8000 steps a day)
- 7 hours of sleep per night
- not “too much computer time”
I admit I routinely spend too much of my time sitting at a computer and I often don’t get enough sleep (because I spend too much time at computer?) The only thing I’m consistently good with is exercise.
It’s time for me to get a grip on my self-care routine (more Feldenkrais, less computer time) again.
Question: What are your ways of taking care of yourself? Do you have days you dedicate entirely to self-care?