It is Day 6 of Claim Your Care. How is it going for you? I have found that just naming my desire for greater self-care has really improved my self-care– that claiming my care has indeed caused me to claim my care. So far, here is what my self-care has looked liked in the last five days:
December 1: Going out to lunch and shopping solo. In my head, I really felt like I needed to work but I decided to really push myself to take a break while I had some childcare so I went out to lunch- and didn’t papers to grade with me- and then did a little bit of shopping before heading home refreshed.
December 2: I tried hot yoga for the first time. Holy wow! It was intense but I really enjoyed it which was a total surprise as I tend to like my yoga un-intense. Hot yoga serves another purpose- I can see both types of yoga in my life- and left me very invigorated.
December 3: Got in a cardio workout first thing because we had a day FULL of family time ahead of us. The family time was really nice, too.
December 4: More family time and then house decorating. We cut down our own Christmas tree– an item on the birthday list. And I finished a book whose ending I was dying to know.
December 5: An evening workout to wrap up the day (and, if we are completely honest, I totally slept through my alarm which clearly means that I needed the extra zzzz after a busy weekend).
How is your claiming your care going? What have you done for you lately?
On another note, here are some recent essays, posts I’ve had elsewhere:
5 Ways to Support New Adoptive Families on Mamiverse.com
Giving Thanks, An Adoption Story Finale on Mamiverse.com