We are now over one week into the Self Care experiment (who would have thought I would make it this far). To recap from Days 1-3, and Days 4-6, the average score for each self care practise was approximately 4/5 – a pretty decent result. So far, the jury is generally in favour of self care. The journey is not over though, we have three more weeks to go. Here is what happened over past three days.
Day 7: Go for a Walk
If you have read about Day 6’s activity of doing nothing but my hobbies all day (ahem you know the drill if you haven’t read it), then you will know that whilst I enjoyed the day, I didn’t feel as though I had been active enough. Now, I haven’t pinpointed a new hobby that could help transform me from couch potato, to slightly more active potato (enough that will make my doctor happy at least). However, since I was at home with my doggo, this activity suited us both.
If you own a dog, you’ll know that they need exercising everyday and my local park seems to be a haven for dogs. Seriously, every dog walker seems to know each other, they know every dog’s name and which dog is the most popular doggo on the park (I like to think that Pip wins that award). I’m not that sociable. Sure, I love it when my dog finds another dog to play with, because it makes her happy, but when I walk the dog, I like my peace and quiet. Perhaps it’s sort of meditative for me? I get to take time to think, move my legs and not have to worry about anything – all those worries are back at home.
Suffice to say, I enjoyed this practise and so did my doggo.
Review: Walking is good. Small talk is a no no. Pip is popular.
3.5/5 (ooh we’re doing halves now)
Day 8: Colouring
Remember the old days when you’d get a fresh colouring book (the kind where the paper had that particular smell), and it didn’t matter what colour you used on that fish because you didn’t care (simpler times). Well over the past few years, colouring in has had a revival! Adult colouring books have popped up all over the place, with the idea that they help reduce stress, and aid you into becoming more mindful.
Over the past few years, I’ve accumulated a couple of adult colouring books and my favourite by far is one containing swear words – there is something oddly satisfying about adding colour to profanity. Admittedly though, I very rarely finish a page. I don’t know what happens, but I guess I just get bored or distracted. However, I was determined to finish a page, so I sat down, colouring pencils in hand and I got to work. Did it help? Did I feel relaxed? To be honest, I didn’t seem to be able to get into the meditative mindset, I just couldn’t switch off from the world, and only focus on the colouring. It also took me a long time to finish it, and for me, it wasn’t worth it.
Review: Colouring can help you relax. It didn’t help me. Maybe it’s time to recycle the books.
Day 9: Read a Book
Before I started university, I was a real bookworm. Books were my friends, and I always had a book on the go – the thought of finishing a book and not having another one to move onto was out of the question. I would spend hours on Goodreads, looking for new books to read and admiring the data the site would generate on the books on my shelf. Once uni had started though, I became overwhelmed with coursework, new friends and societies, that I barely read for pleasure.
I loved taking time to relax with a coffee and a book, and just losing myself in the pages. I’m currently reading ‘Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life’ by The Minimalists, and I’m hoping to eventually finish ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ by Stieg Larsson, which I started but never finished. Whilst the colouring from Day 8 didn’t send me into a meditative state, reading definitely did. My mind wasn’t concerned about the world around me; it was just me and my book, nothing else mattered. Going forward, I’m hoping I will be able to find time in my day to read and escape the negativity around me, even if it’s just for an hour.
Review: Books are friends that don’t judge us. Vive la reading revolution! Reading is what? Fundamental (s/o RuPaul fans)
Photo Credit 📷: David Iskander