Self-care week days 6 & 7

It’s Sunday evening here in the UK and the end of my self-care week. I will start with my goals for the weekend and for the week overall.

I did really well with my weekend goals. I managed to squeeze in piano practice while waiting for the children to get ready to go out this morning. I completed my physical activity goals with a 5k walk yesterday and an almost 4k run today. And on yesterday’s walk I also achieved the goal to pet other’s animals in public – a very excitable and very gorgeous 9 month old cockapoo called Peter! I have done quite a lot of knitting this weekend and cleared the ironing pile. We went to our local zoo today for my goal to photograph somewhere beautiful (as shown). I am moving the menu plan item to tomorrow and I will come back to the last two goals later.

My goals for the weekend were:

  • piano practice 
  • 30 minutes physical activity each day 
  • photograph somewhere beautiful 
  • ironing ✔
  • knitting 
  • menu plan/grocery shopping for next week – moved to tomorrow
  • thinking about what I’ve learnt from this exercise ✔
  • implement a self-care approach in my journaling ✔

Photograph somewhere beautiful: trees and blossom

Shadow family and cool fungi

Finally, I really liked the pattern of shadows on the rock here.

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The week as a whole has been very successful, and I have met all my weekly goals, as follows:

  • eat 3 nutritious meals each day, including 2 fast days ✔
  • choose and start next craft project ✔
  • keep to all social engagements ✔
  • practice piano, minimum 3 x 30 minutes ✔
  • gardening, minimum 2 x 60 minutes ✔

I really enjoyed getting back into gardening and learning piano, and am enjoying the challenge of knitting a jumper. I kept to all my social engagements and ate nutritious meals all week, although the weekend had quite a few naughty extras!


What have I learnt from this exercise?

  • that scheduling activities/tasks means they are more likely to be carried out
  • that I can improve my motivation by starting with small achievable goals
  • that a little planning and structure helps keep the day moving along
  • that being busy gives less time for rumination and wallowing in depressive thoughts (already knew that!)
  • that I can have some control over my mood by doing activities that are enjoyable or give a sense of achievement

In order to implement a self-care approach in my journaling, I need to design a daily/weekly goal page and build in rewards to help maintain my enthusiasm for doing this. Rewards could be themed towards self-care too. I will write more on this once I’ve planned my BuJo goals spread.

Thank you for following my self-care week, I’m glad I was able to do this following my illness at a time when self-care really was very important.

I would be interested to know what self-care activities you have been doing.

Peace & love, K x

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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