One of the challenges I routinely face is lack of balance. Whilst it applies literally it also applies to my life in general. I haven't reached equilibrium and when I throw myself into one project other things tend to suffer.
I could sit and examine why this is and treat you to a post exploring that, but instead I'm going to go right to the heart of what always falls by the wayside when times get tough or busy: self care.
Due to a long time suffering with depression, I'm not really programmed to look after my needs. Often it's a challenge to do basic things your common-or-garden person would take for granted, like eat, wash, dress. As time has gone on some of it is getting easier to do - like washing and taking my medicine on time but other aspects of self care? Not so much.
Here are 5 things I want to focus on:
I'm fat, and that brings with it a bunch of issues when it comes to the condition of my skin. Moisturising has a twofold benefit for me, firstly it improves the condition of my skin, which causes me less pain. Secondly, it allows me to engage with my body, to learn more about it and maybe, one day to love it. It is important to get to a point where I care about my body and treat it right.
Drinking more water
I am frequently dehydrated and If I'm being honest I just need to commit to drinking more. Guidelines and suggestions vary on how much water you ought to drink, so I'm going to look that amount further. I need to start carrying a water bottle around with me, even within the house to get me in the habit of regular drinking.
Taking care of my nails
I have strong and long natural nails, a blessing I abuse. I bite the sides of my fingers where the cuticles start, I don't take care when shaping them and they get stained from not using a base coat with nail polish. They're an asset that I don't take proper care of, so I would like to change that. I have a decent collection of polishes and accessories, so that shouldn't be too hard to achieve.
Attending Routine Appointments I avoid
The GP Surgery is somewhere I spend a lot of time, but when it comes to routine appointments like my asthma check-up or seeing the dietician I become avoidant. This is unhelpful and frustrates my caring surgery Nurse no end. On that note, I'm through with having to go in there shamefaced and apologetic. I will make the appointments, I will keep the appointments, I will not see them as "lesser" than my other appointments. I will value the time I am given to monitor and care for my asthma and obesity.
The Condition of my Feet
Similar to the hands thing only worse. I have bad habits that leave my feet sore and uncomfortable to walk on. At heart my preference is to be barefoot but that often is impractical, so it's the season for flip flops and sandals. This means exposure of my feet and it would be nice if they looked and felt better.
There is an element in needing to take time for these things in order to feel the benefits of them. It always comes back to time and effort with me - I do feel that it would be worth it to invest a little more in myself in this way.
What things should you be making more time for?