6 self-care activities I need to do

Today was one of those days when everything went wrong. I’ll try to keep the story short. My husband is building me a vegetable garden box. It’s supposed to have galvanized steel sides. Today it was my job to paint the steel black. I followed the instructions to wipe off the coating with a solvent, wipe it with hot water, thin the paint and set up the paint sprayer. It should have been easy peasy lemon squeezy, done in an hour. Instead, the paint sprayer decided to act more like a squirt gun than a fine mister and ruin everything. I was left with gobs of paint all over everything, including myself. I needed to use paint remover to salvage the steel siding, and of course I got that on skin which caused chemical burns. I had to make an extra trip to the hardware store to buy mineral spirits to finish cleaning the steel. I got behind on all my household projects and chores. I hadn’t eaten all day, so I went to the grocery store to get some food (and let’s be real – some wine, too). I came back to a mountain of ants in the driveway and cat vomit in the house. The day hasn’t ended yet, so I wouldn’t be surprised if something else happens. The kicker to all this is I didn’t have anyone around to help because my husband was working.

Since I spent part of the day in tears trying to clean up paint, I decided it was time for some self care. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be more intentional about practicing the six types of self care – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, practical. Here are my goals:

Physical: This one’s easy – stick to my training program.

Emotional: I’m going to make a better effort to step aside from situations that frustrate me by going outside and sitting on the porch while I drink a glass of water.

Mental: I am going to read for at least 30 minutes every night.

Spiritual: I am going to spend time in nature once a week. Preferably this will mean going for a walk on one of the trails where I live, but it could also be just sitting outside in my yard without my cellphone.

Social: I am going to have one friend date each week. I’m going to call my parents once a week.

Practical: I am going to make to-do lists that I can actually finish instead of endless ones that frustrate me because I can’t accomplish everything.

What are you doing to take care of yourself?

Stay fit,


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