Unsurprisingly, the first answer that sprang to mind was reading. I just wanted to have some quiet time with a book. So I started a Reading Challenge for the year on Goodreads and bought (lots of) the books I’d been dying to read.
The second thing I realised was that I wanted to start yoga again because I knew it helped me a lot the last time I took classes. So I booked that in and now I do an hour and a half class each week. (My classes aren’t held on the grass – thought how cool would that be?? – I’m trying to start practicing at home and inside is a bit too cramped.)
I also wanted to make more progress with my Etsy shop and this little blog here. I love pouring any spare time and energy I have into making necklaces or earrings for the shop or planning and writing posts for the blog. I love the creativity it allows me. So I made sure that I was spending my spare time wisely. I bought a monthly planner and made list after list after list to get myself organised, which made the process of running both easier and more enjoyable for me.
All of these are steps I’ve decided to take to help keep my life and myself balanced and not verbally abusing unsuspecting snails. And so far, so good. I feel much better for it. Much happier within myself and rested.
Are you taking care of yourself? If yes, what do you do? If not but you want to start, maybe you could think of ways that might help you achieve that. They don’t have to be as big as some of the changes I made (but they might be!) – they could be going to get a massage, starting sketching, buying yourself some fresh market flowers, getting your hair done, learning photography, going for walks. It doesn’t really matter, so long as it’s something that makes you happy. Go find it!
A lovely fellow blogger by the name of Annette wrote a great post about the process of taking some time out for yourself at I Give You The Verbs. Check it out here.