I preach self-care a lot to my clients, my friends and family, and to myself. I strive to practice what I preach so this month I have decided to take on a 1 Month Self-Care Challenge to show others what self-care looks like in the life of a therapist.
I have noted the things in bold that I notice I tell my clients to do but do not do often enough myself. It was so freeing to do these things and I'd highly recommend them!
- Coffee on the balcony with sunshine
- Bubble bath with a book
- Walked instead of taking the subway
- Cooked and made leftovers
- Let go of an argument that was bothering me
- Gave myself a compliment
- Put down my phone in the evening
What I Learned: At this point in the challenge, I was balancing between doing the things I already do and putting more intention into little things that I could do slightly different to have a bigger impact.
- Didn't look at social media when I woke up
- Made time for client notes instead of putting it off
- Planted new herbs on the garden
- Coffee on the balcony (I do this almost daily, but some days are more intentional than others)
- Began getting in the habit of watering plants
- Said "no" to something that felt draining
- Went to a high intensity yoga class
What I Learned: This week was following our test run of (Re)treat Yourself: NYC. Part of our program is addressing barriers to self-care and committing to giving up one thing that is holding you back. I began looking at social media less when I first woke up and have felt exponential benefits already!
- Went to a doctor's appointment and allowed them to (unexpectedly) take blood instead of coming back (because I never would have come back!)
- Reached out to a friend for a phone call
- Read something educational and informative (instead of my typical thriller novels)
- Watched something mindless after a long day
- Went for a hike!
- Had a talk that I'd rather have put off
- Cooked some indulgent comfort food
What I learned: Week 3 I noticed a pattern of avoidance (something I know about myself but have to be aware of) and addressed it with gentleness and self-love.
- Went to dinner with friends and stayed present
- Meditated before session outdoors
- Had a beer at lunch (on my off day)
- Actively chose to read a book instead of watching more TV
- Continued a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction CE class (self guided)
- Bought a plant that made me happy
- Said 'no' to work on my weekend
There you have it! A few days in the life of a self-care advocate practicing what she preaches. I'd love to hear what YOUR self-care routine looks like as a helping professional.
If you need to revamp your self-care routine & are located in NYC, check out (Re)treat Yourself: NYC , a self-care mini retreat that I'm cohosting this summer!