The news is still bleak. But while my life seems very small in comparison to what is going on in the world, it is still important on some micro scale: to my family, my patients, my colleagues, our residents. Maybe even to some of my listeners/readers! Thus, while self-care might seem selfish right now — it isn’t entirely.
I am hoping this will be a better month. For me and for everyone.
1- Allow myself to receive help from others. This refers to therapy + coaching (both scheduled in the coming weeks), and also to being emboldened to ask for what I need at work and at home.
2- Build in some fun. I am honestly having some trouble looking forward to things right now, but at the same time I think that having things on the calendar that theoretically could bring me joy is important.
3- Care for my body in a more intentional way. I don’t mean this in a wellness/diet culture way. I am referring to just allowing myself the time needed to procure decent food, get enough rest, drink enough water.
4- Really try not to overpack my days. Yes, there’s a lot to do. But I have to slow down my overall pace. Reminder to myself to keep my daily list reasonable and not add to it too much. (My quitting of multiple committees does seem like it will help with this to some degree!).
5 Specific Habits
1- Read every day. 20 minutes is a good minimum goal.
2- Complete Total Strength program (phase 1). This is doable (completed week 1 already and it is only 4 weeks total!) and will hopefully provide a sense of accomplishment and help with #3 above.
3- Take a night entirely OFF from the kid bedtime routine each week, whether that is with the help of Josh or our nanny. Last night I read + journaled + really appreciated the break.
4- Headspace daily. I am not into streaks but I think meditation is helpful for me and I am better off doing it daily.
5- Try some calming playlists in the house and in the car on the way home.