At the beginning of this school year I took a few moments to think about how many more Vitamin C tablets I had left in the bottle (I make a point to take one each day, especially during the school year and flu season). Yet as the second week of school rolled in, so did my sinus infection. During those next couple weeks I was nowhere near as productive as I had planned or wanted to be. And you know what? That’s okay.
These past couple of weeks have been a great reminder for me of how important it is to make time for yourself and rest. The world will not end just because you didn’t respond right away to an email. Everything, including that email, will be waiting for you tomorrow morning in the same place that you left them. And it will be okay.
One thing in particular that has always helped me to feel productive and get through the days when I just feel like staying in bed has been to make a realistic list of my top three things to accomplish. When I say realistic, I mean one of those top three items might be to simply water the plants, cook dinner or go for a walk. This is by no means a challenging or thought-provoking list. At the end of the day I get to check off those three things, and feel good about what I’ve done, no matter how small.
The other thing I was reminded of during these past couple of weeks was self-care. Making time for yourself. It’s during our most stressful weeks when we need to remember this, but it’s so easy to forget. One blog post that I read a while back suggested keeping a list of self-care ideas on your refrigerator or in an easy to see spot so that it’s always there as a reminder to make time for yourself. After reading that post I wrote down some of my favorite self-care ideas, including:
- Taking a bubble bath
- Drinking a hot cup of tea
- Sitting in bed reading a book
- Painting my nails
- Going for a walk, or just sitting outside
- Listening to music
Having these written down has made it so much easier for me to be mindful of taking time for myself each week. What are some of your favorite self-care ideas? Take time to make a list of your own and put it somewhere where you won’t forget it! Try to do at least one thing per week from that list. I would love to hear how this goes for you!