Sometimes I forget to take care of myself in the ways that will really do me some good. I admit that I am easily distracted by social media, and I tend to make myself busy (but not necessarily productive), or stay around people so that I don’t have to sit still in my thoughts.
I have been reading much more lately, which I think is helping me with this. It is a way for me to be still but focused at the same time. I am currently reading a book by Anne Lamott. I absolutely love the way she writes and I identify with her a lot. Something she talks about every so often is “radical self care”. To me, this means doing things that make you feel good… that remind you that you are you, and that you are OK.
For whatever reason, as I was driving home from Trader Joe’s today, I was thinking about some of the things that I do as “radical self care”. I thought it would be good to write them down, so that when I am needing a little pick-me-up, I will have them right there to choose from. Here are some of the things that help me when I’m feeling a bit down… or off… or just in need of a smile:
-Go for a run to one of my favorite spots… sometimes slow (sad days), sometimes really fast (mad days).
-Put on a temporary finger-stache tattoo (and usually take a picture of myself :))
-Drink peppermint tea and read a book.
-Take a shower (believe it or not, this makes me feel better, despite it being a rarity!)
-Make a succulent arrangement.
-Lay out in the sun and usually fall asleep.
-Buy myself flowers.
-Eat a big glob of almond butter.
-Listen to music really loud in my car.
-Sit on a bench and stare at the view, and breathe.
That’s all I can really think of for now. I even did a few of these today! This may be obvious, but I think it’s important to do things that you actually enjoy, and that won’t make you feel guilt or shame.
So, take care of you.
SMR, dynamic, mobility, 5 min easy row w/ 2 hard efforts
1a) 10×2 high hang snatch (82#) w/ 45″ rest (got all 10 sets)
1b) 10×2 3-stop snatch pull (150#) w/ 45″ rest (basically a snatch deadlift where you pause for 2 seconds at mid shin, knee, and mid thigh)… kinda uncomfortable!
1a) 4x Max effort deficit HSPU @35# plates w/ 45″ rest (was supposed to be strict, but yeah… so I kipped) (4,3,3,3)
1b)4×5 weighted strict supinated pull up w/ 45″ rest (wore 20ish pound vest) (5’s)
1c) 4×10 reverse hypers w/ 45″ rest (used 5# db)
300″ ring FLR (I’m forcing myself to core out 3x a week)
5 minute easy row cool down w/ 2 hard efforts
Notes: I felt pretty good… a little tired and slow to start. I am sore from yesterday’s workout and my knees felt kind of achy. I ice bathed this afternoon and that helped a little. My diet has been going pretty well, except for tonight… where I may have eaten chips… and cookies… and ice cream. I’m going no alcohol for 30 days with Bobbie. I used to not drink at all, and more recently I wouldn’t even think twice about it. Don’t really want to go there, so a break is good.
And, just because I love her… “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” -Anne Lamott
’til next time…