September is Self-Care Awareness Month.
Anyone else feel like they just can’t catch up?
My new routine is to spend my weekend forcing myself into tasks nearly nonstop. Oh I sat down for five minutes? Better go throw in some laundry. Rearrange the downstairs. Put together Bo’s new table and chairs. Process vegetables. Cook something. Wash dishes. Declutter a closet. Make a roast.
By the end of the day, I’m spent. My weekdays aren’t much different.
My version of self-care is certainly lacking. I’m a do-er, and my own business runs on a certain amount of “fun,” so it’s tough for me to purposefully relax without feeling guilty. Issues, I know.
Here are the things I’m committing to helping me get through the rest of 2020.
9 self-care tips for fall
- Move. I am finally back in a fitness routine that I enjoy. And the shame from my Apple Watch on non-workout days ensures that I at least get up every hour and reminds me to do other stuff (sometimes, though, chasing around the almost 3-year-old does the trick)
- Sleep. I go through stages on this and it has a lot to do with whether or not we’re watching a show. However, I prioritize sleep more than I used to.
- Read. You have to settle this one for me — if you’re not into a book, do you power through (occasionally it is worth it!), or do you quit and read something new? Sometimes I do find coming back to the book I wasn’t quite into can lend a new perspective.
- Nourish. In addition to beans (I’m weirdly obsessed now, debating a bean subscription) and pasta, I add fresh greens to my cart each week. I actually just planted a bunch in my garden for fall — broccoli, kale, lettuce, arugula, spinach, pak choi.
- Enjoy a hobby. Taking a hard look, my hobbies are plants, writing, and cooking. Even though it was a lot of work, my commitment to my garden this year reaped the benefits. My houseplants have been in a time out, and it’s time to refocus my attention on them this winter. The pandemic also gave me the opportunity to spend more time writing here, which I enjoy but wasn’t able to do when we were so busy with in-person events. I’m even considering journaling (or a simple logbook) or perhaps the bones of a future book.
- Treat yourself. This can mean different things for different people. I encourage you to use this opportunity to support your favorite or a new-to-you local business. Support local Black-owned businesses (find a list here), drink local, get yourself some artisan chocolate, this coffee collaboration with La Cultura and Elementary, make a great fall cocktail, shop any of the vendors at the Broad Street Market, buy from women-owned businesses like Meeka Fine Jewelry, Stash x Midtown Dandy, Little Black Dress, Chipmunk Lane (cutest kid clothes), and more.
- Breathe. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, or a solo walk around your neighborhood, making time for ourselves is paramount.
- Plan. Now is the time to make in-person (but masked) trips for your goodies. For example, stock up (but don’t hoard) pantry and personal care items for the winter. Consider getting a case of your favorite beverage or even a wine subscription. You can make your own TV/streaming lineup (add Poured in PA to your watchlist), and stock up on board games or puzzles to cozy up with on cold nights.
- Connect. Set up some reminders in your phone to call your parents, set up an old-fashioned phone call with your long-distance BFF, figure out how to have a “date night” at home with your s.o. Without pressure, try to do it with some regularity.
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