On day 308 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I created an afternoon of self-care.
Having experimented with over 300 acts of self-care so far in 2016, I’m starting to recognize which activities replenish me and which ones feel more like work. Many of my experiments thus far have become part of my regular self-care practice, though some will likely never be repeated.
I’ve noticed that I’m starting to include two or more acts of self-care regularly. Yesterday I found myself in the midst of a self-care trifecta: a much-needed haircut, a pampering pedicure, and a relaxing massage. Essentially, I ended up with an afternoon of restoration, and it was a lot easier to pull off than I realized. By simply clustering three appointments together, I inadvertently pulled myself away from work for a few hours.
I’ve been color-coding my calendar for years – self-care activities are green – so you can imagine my delight when I realized by accident that I had booked three self-care appointments in a single afternoon. When I noticed the “green out’ on my calendar, it was like someone had handed me an unexpected gift. Yay me!
Taking time for self-care gave me the space to pause and think. It allowed me to take a break and assess the projects I’ve been working on to make sure they still align with my bigger vision.
The truth is that some of them aren’t in alignment, and if I hadn’t taken a moment I wouldn’t have realized this until much later.
This valuable afternoon of self-care might just become a regular part of my practice. Taking an afternoon off periodically, whether it’s monthly or quarterly, is quite the restorative treat.
When was the last time you took an afternoon for yourself?