Is Self-Care Saturday really a thing?
Updated: Apr 18, 2020
This is a post I shared in one of my online exercise support groups - straight talk from me, your friendly neighbourhood instructor/trainer/coach:).
It’s a real thing.
Is it spa activities?
Rest and relaxation?
Doing something special just for you? 💜
Yes, yes and YES!!
It’s doing something you really want—not have—to do.
Sounds great, but how exactly do you go about doing it?
Especially for the wound-tight and the type A’s in this group (no judgments—I’m 100% in that category, too)😅
How do you “self-care” in this 21st century?
You schedule it!
Sigh of relief from the Type-A’s.
Yeah I know, not as organic and spiritual as the term self-care implies but let’s be realistic, we don’t live on an island with no commitments or obligations and can relax anytime we want ... insert kids calling, alarms alarming, daily stressors stressing here.
So here are some tips on how to build a Saturday self-care routine that will leave you feeling like your mind and body’s needs have been taken care of, even if it’s just for a day.
Tip 1: Get Something Done Before You Start 📝
Cross one thing off your to-do list that makes you feel accomplished, so there’s no self-imposed guilt about relaxing afterwards.
Choose a task or activity that’s deeply satisfying, even if you have to force yourself to start.
Surprise, mine is exercise!!! An obvious choice but once I get my workout done, I feel energized and ready to take on the day.
That includes a day that has elements or is entirely about self-care.
Maybe your first choice isn’t exercise - ridiculous, it should be - and that’s fine too 😅.
Yours could be anything from tackling that one work task that would otherwise hang over the whole weekend to finally taking those bags of clothes to Goodwill.
Tip 2: Ease Into It 🙏
Having a transition step between the accomplishment of the morning and your self-care time will help quiet your mind, so you can really listen to yourself when you’re deciding what activities you want to do.
A lot of us skip this step. To be honest, in our busy lives of family, friends and work, we’re “ON” 24/7. This is a hard friggin step but it’s important or else running to your mani/pedi after your workout becomes just another errand/task and not the enjoyable self-care activity that it’s meant to be.
So for the best results, slow down and find a way to decompress, even a little before your self-care activity.
Tip 3: Ask Yourself This Question, “What do I really want to do right now?” and then because this is real life, set the wheels in motion and plan for it.✅
Schedule that appointment, prepare for that activity, get ready to self-care your Saturday to the top!
Sure I’d love to play things by ear but that’s literally impossible, so I plan ahead. Listen if it’s something you really want to do, chances are you’re not going to change your mind anytime soon.
So set it up and don’t put it off.
The challenge for today is to be creative and ask yourself what you really want to do for self-care and come up with TWO ways you can achieve it!
Post here or send me a direct message.
Happy Saturday Y’all!
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