Self-Care Day

reading is a form of self-care activityI had big plans for last Sunday but when I woke up, my upper neck muscles were very tense and I had a budding headache.

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?

Comments

  1. Hi Satu! I think a self-care day would include a long bath, toe nail polish, fruity perfume, soft clothes, a good thing to watch mindlessly on t.v. (Right now, we’ve been watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine reruns) with a big warm blanket and doggy beside me, with a big bowl of popcorn.

    🙂 Marion

  2. I definitely don’t take as much time as I should. My entire business is online so I’m at the computer most of the day. But I do exercise and the goal is to do that 6 days a week with Saturday’s off. I do go frequently to get pedicures, my nails and hair done but other than that not much else. Hubby and I do take some down time to catch up on some TV shows together.

    Glad you’re feeling better.

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