A normal Saturday night for me is not a bad night by any means. “Normal” is usually a quiet evening at home with my husband watching a movie or show that he picks. I’ll maybe be working on a couple booksleeves for the small business, followed by some reading. Some weekends of course we go out with friends or family. I don’t really know what is it, but something about weekends never really feels like “me” time. Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband, my friends, my family, and doing weekend things. But always doing things or never stopping to breathe and reflect on my center gets rough.
And so here I am. This Saturday I have a house to myself, as my parents are out of town for the weekend. I am planning to make the most out of this time with myself (and the two fur babies I am sitting) and care for myself as much as I am able to. So really, I foresee myself taking a little time to catch up on a blog post or two, catching up on some reading, and maybe doing some journalling…and doing this in the peace in quiet. I always have a loud television on in the background, or music blaring in my ears to cover up the loud television. Sometimes, I just want quiet. Another thing I might get to: taking a walk and/or taking a bath. Burn a candle. Get a good night’s sleep. Take my time eating breakfast and drinking coffee.
Note (and this is my recommendation for if and when you do this for yourself) that I am keeping my list loose. These are all things I want to do, not things I feel I must do to have a “successful self care day.” I don’t want to promise myself anything and set myself up for disappointment. That being said though, I feel these are completely reasonable within the next 24 hours. I have enough time and more to do these things.
What is your definition of self care? What does your regimine include? Please share!