Since my word of the year is “vitality,” every Sunday I hope to share something with you all that makes me feel vital, sparkly, happy, and alive from different aspects of my life. It isn’t about having a perfect life. It is about growing in wholeness and authenticity and living in joy, no matter what crosses our paths.
During these tumultuous political times, I have felt lately that my energy is dissipating in directions far and wide from my home and my family. In order to balance this, I have needed a serious dose of self-care.
I think everyone’s self-care list may look a little different since different things nurture different people. However, I made myself a list and am happy to share it with you in hope that you will create your own list of things that are nurturing to you!
My weekly list includes:
- Exercise (which is a daily task, but I strive toward a weekly goal)
- Going out for tea with friends without children
- Spending time with my husband alone
- Doing things I enjoy including drawing and painting, looking at art
My daily lists include:
- Sitting with a good cup of tea
- Praying, reading Scripture
- Being in nature
- Spending fun time with my family members – playing games, reading together, laughing
- Reading fiction (not just things around development or Waldorf Education!)
- Getting support when I need it from my spouse and from friends
- If I have screen time for myself – to watch things that are funny and light-hearted
- Getting enough sleep and rest
The other things that I have done that have helped enormously is to pare down my personal Facebook page to limit political conversations; to pick the three things that I feel are most urgently politically for our family’s values and focus on those issues, and to limit computer time in general.
It is hard to be a sensitive person in these times, and self-care makes all the difference in the world. I would love to hear what your favorite self-care tricks are.
Blessings and love, and may you have a wonderful week ahead,