Self-carentine- Have a slow day

You know, you need a pause to relax, refresh and regain new energy. You feel bad, sad, stressed or exhausted? Then slow down. Take this day to refuel yourself. Why? Firstly, because you need it. Secondly, it’s Sunday-Funday, if you don’t do what you want on a Sunday, what’s the purpose of this day where even God had a rest?

So how do we start?

I can’t tell you how your relaxing day should be, but I can give you some inspiration for mine.

When I wake up, I try to rise early, so I savor the silence of the awakening world, but not too early that’s dark outside. The mood is essential. Every morning I dress in some cozy pajamas, wash my face with cold water and prepare my breakfast. Also, I check if everything in the living room or where you are relaxing, is tidied up. I don’t know about you, but I can’t unwind if there’s anything not at its place. So, I do a quick clean up. Then it’s time for a calming tea and to sit down on my couch.

Mostly, I catch myself grabbing after my mobile phone and looking through new messages and YouTube first thing in the morning. Not today. Today is the time for myself. So, I turn it off or put it into another room like my spouse’s office, so he has an eye on it too if I want to get it.
Now, I try to drink my tea, eat my toast and just try to be in the moment. I’m not thinking at all, at least most times. I’m only human guys, no Roboter.
When I’m ready, I start my favorite part of this day, my weekly review. I’ve already done a post about it.
After that, it’s time for listening to myself and how I feel. I often notice after my weekly review which area I missed last week, so I catch up today.
For example, I had a lack of self-care. Some great actions I could take are:

  • Reading a fantasy book
  • Doing a skillshare class
  • Watching a movie or a feel-good series
  • Exercise or doing yoga
  • Drawing and painting
  • Listening to an audiobook
  • Writing on my story

You see, I don’t have many things on my self-care list, but these are the most important ones to refresh and refuel myself. I could do a self-care bath, but after twenty minutes, I would jump out of it because it’s too hot for me.
You need to know what you need, not what everybody is telling you what you should do.

Sometimes self-care could also involve cleaning the apartment with my spouse because I feel exhausted and stressed by the mess. Then I listen to an audiobook while I’m hanging out the laundry, washing dishes, etc.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

When I notice that I don’t feel comfortable in my body, I focus on my health. I eat more healthy snacks, don’t order fast food that day, exercise or do yoga. If I’m feeling very ill and filthy, I do a pamper night on that day. Making a face mask, a hair mask, shaving my body, painting my fingernails with special nail varnish, so they get stronger, etc.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Have a slow day, just for you.
Focus on how you feel, what you need that day. Don’t occupy work if you don’t have to. Also, the mood is essential. If you can’t relax in your environment, you won’t relax inside.

  • clean or declutter,
  • light candles,
  • dim your light,
  • snuggle in a blanket,
  • listen to cozy music,
  • drink coffee or tea,
  • read an exciting book,
  • spend time with your loved ones on a movie night in the evening, etc.

You decide if you want to unwind and refuel like these monkeys in the hot spring. Seems to be quite enjoyable, doesn’t it? ūüėÄ
Make it your favorite day.

Have a lovely day, Annie. ‚̧


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