Self care is something that is constantly promoted by blogger’s, the media, health professionals and even through family and friends.
There’s no limit to the amount of self care habits you choose to have in your self care routine and every person’s self care habits and routine are different to suit that person’s needs, physically and mentally. Self care habits don’t have to be short terms fixes such as a bubble bath or reading a book, it can be a long term fix such as establishing a self care routine for yourself and your personal needs.
For me personally, my self care habits and regime have changed over time. What I considered as self care in my early twenties doesn’t benefit me anymore and that’s ok. Times change, people move on. What I consider as self care now, my twenty year old self would have howled at and thought I was going insane. When cleaning out the fridge is part of your self care routine, you well and truly know that adulting has kicked in.
So, self care habits come in all shapes and sizes, and they benefit us all in contrasting ways. What are my weird self care habits I hear you ask? Well, since you asked:
1) SHAVING MY LEGS
The women that can go through the whole Winter without shaving their legs, I salute you. I can’t do that, I just can’t. I hate my legs feeling hairy and stubbly. Nah, not my thing. So I am somebody who shaves her legs every week with her trusty razor and I just love the smoothest of smooth feeling afterwards!
2) CLEANING OUT THE FRIDGE
Like I said in a paragraph or two above, liking to clean my fridge out has shown that I am achieving adulting at it’s highest. Without a shadow of a doubt. I love getting out all those crumbs, food stains and whatever else from the shelves from the fridge, I even love cleaning the fridge in work. I don’t know why, I find it oddly satisfying and my bosses must think I’m a weirdo. Well, they’re not far off.
Meditating is such a great form of self care, it totally relaxes me and replenishes my mind. If I’m ever feeling anxious or restless, doing a bit of meditation, even it’s just for five minutes, that time of refocusing my energy and just clearing my mind does me wonders. It’s not a time consuming part of my self care routine, but it is one I find very valuable. I usually just find meditation videos on YouTube or do the free ones on the Fitbit app.
4) ORGANISING MY FINANCES
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been learning how to budget properly and I find it oddly satisfying figuring out my finances every month. I love when I have enough money at the end of the month to add to my savings. I’m all for getting a mortgage now and seeing my savings increase is just so nice to look at every month!
5) STERILISING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Every Wednesday (yes sadly I choose to do this on a particular day of the week) I clean my medical equipment such as my Aerobika (physiotherapy device) and my Eflow handset (a device I use to inhale my nebulised meds). It’s kind a job which I don’t really like doing but it’s kind of like self care because these devices and machines are looking after my body, so yeah, this counts as self care, right?
6) FILLING MY TABLET DOSSETT BOXES
Oh I love doing this on a Sunday! Again, I do this on a particular day of the week. I seriously need to get out more (oops, I can’t can I?!)
Anyway, I love pushing out my tablets out their silver packets and getting them in my dossett box for the week ahead. It also gives me a chance to see what I need to order from the chemist that week for my prescription. It’s a precarious operation I tell ya.
I may sound like a cat being strangled, but I love a good sing song. I ask Alexa to play a song which I know all the lyrics to and belt my heart out like I’m at the O2. Or even when I’m in the car on my own, I sing aloud, not a great idea in the Summer when the window is down, people do look at you funny.
8) WRITING MY WEEKLY BLOGGING TO DO LIST
Something I do on a Sunday evening, I sit in bed and figure out the tasks I need to do for the week and it motivates me for the week ahead in terms of blogging. I do it in my planner and it’s just a lovely constructive way to end my weekend and start my week on the Monday morning.
You may think that these self care habits of mine are weird, you may not and you may even consider these as part of your self care routine yourself, but these things are what I class as self care. Like I said near the beginning of this post, our self care routines are based on our personal needs and no one self care routine is the same. It’s based on us as individuals.
Let me know if you have any weird self care habits of your own!