With a free checklist
This is the time of the year where we literally forget about our wellness. These upcoming months are when we get ready to hunker down, snack on anything cute and small until we are about to explode. But fear not I am here to help you create your ultimate self-care weekend.
Self-care is a must!
We will talk a lot about this topic in our Winter Wellness Course, which you can sign up for below. What you may not know is that self-care is as essential to your life as breathing. Not only does it give a moment to focus on you but inadvertently you are taking care of your family.
But, what is self-care, really?
This is a time for you to check in on yourself mentally, emotionally, and even physically. This is a distressing, decompressing, self-discovery type of moment.
Scheduling time for self-care isn’t just for those who have nannies, or those who are stay-at-home moms, anyone can and should do it. For instance, myself. I work, I take care of my kids, I cook from scratch, clean the house, etc. And for the moment, while my husband is in the States, I do this alone.
So, how do I schedule self-care time?
Easy, when the kids go to bed, or when they are doing their own thing. Which right now since my youngest just turned six is a lot more than I ever imagined.
Evenings, that is your self-care time.
My Self-Care Weekend
My husband and I have this agreement that we both need some “me” time. Regardless of what we have going on during the week, we spend time together. We eat dinner at the same time, we watch television together, we spend early morning Saturday together, and all day Sunday.
Saturday afternoon or evening depending on what we have planned is when we have our “me” times. For me, it is in the evening, since I like to go to bed early.
Right after dinner I head to my bedroom and let the self-care begin. I gather all the things that delight me and make me feel good. Such as the beauty products that promise to keep me looking twenty-five!
When I lived in the States this is also when I would apply an intense hair mask. I have seriously dry hair, even though I was blessed to live in a state with soft water, my hair could cause a fire it is so dry.
I also give myself a facial, pluck my ugly mole hair (Laugh all you want, husband calls it my witch hair), clean up my eyebrows, and much more.
The point is, you don’t have to follow what I have done on my self-care day. What I described as me-time changes. Sometimes I spend time reading or journaling, or I write more on my novel.
The point of self-care is for you to spend time focusing on yourself and your needs.
If you want to talk about your feelings then please do that, either find a friend who wants to share her worries with you, or seek out a therapist that suits your needs.
I do this with a daily journal.
Ways to create your Self-Care Weekend
When creating your self-care weekend, jot down a list of things that make you feel good about yourself. These things can include journaling, hobbies, hanging out with friends, light exercise, and more.
I have a friend who lives in England, and she loves taking baths. In fact, it is almost a nightly ritual for her. When her kids are with their dad, she spends extra time in the tub enjoying the warmth, the aroma, and her wine.
If this is something that sounds appealing to you, then do it.
Using one of the checklists provided for you, you don’t have to do everything on the list. And if you want to create your own, choose the things that you know will make you feel good. That will help you “hit that reset” button.
Other ideas that will help you to decompress are meditation or writing in your journal.
A lot of self-care doesn’t have to cost you a lot if any money.
Self-care can be as simple and as natural as you want. Don’t stress about it!
As promised I have included a checklist to help you with creating your perfect self-care day.
This checklist can be left as it is, or you can use the blank Self-care checklist to add things you want to do for your day.
Fill up the checklist with things you like to do that bring you joy. Remember it doesn’t have to cost. you ton of money, or any money.
Meditation is free, and if you have a notebook that you’re not using that can become your new journal.
The number one point of self-care is to embrace your inner thoughts and feelings and to let them go. This is your time to ensure your mental health is on a good level, and if you need help ask for it.
Your feelings are yours, do not allow someone to make you feel ashamed of your feelings, they are valid!