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.
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