Did you know that this month is #SelfCareSeptember? I didn’t, until @minds_out prompted me on Twitter.
Whilst it’s easy to roll your eyes at yet another monthly hashtag, this one is a very simple idea, and a gentle prompt to look after yourself.
Of course we all know that we should ‘look after number one’, but it’s easy to get out of the habit, and it can be quite arduous to get that habit back.
I started having a drink outdoors every day, regardless of weather, during #30DaysWild in June. I’ve made an effort to continue this, because I found it added a little nugget of relaxation and pleasure to my day.
I hadn’t realised just how much it was benefitting me until today. I didn’t have a drink outside on Sunday; no reason, just busy and didn’t see the point in making an effort. Monday saw me glum, and I didn’t think I deserved a drink outdoors.
Isn’t that just a ridiculous statement?
This is something that gives me a mental lift; of course I deserve it!
Today I had a glass of water in the garden, and admired the changes in the plants. It helped that the sun shone down and put a warm reassuring hand on my shoulder, but I’d have still done the same in the rain.
Do I feel better because I’ve ‘self cared’? Definitely, and I still feel better now.
Have a look at the hashtag, and remember to do something for you. You’re worth it.