Well, dear readers, we’ve spent the better part of the last three months breaking down my goals into actionable steps, and we’ve finally made it to the last goal: self care.
I’ve posted about self-care before, you can read that post here. And I’m happy to report that the foot surgery referenced in that post was successful, and I’m back to running (and increasing my distance) without pain.
This year, I’m continuing along the same lines as previous years’ goals: to practice self-care through movement, healthy eating choices, and intentional rest.
As the first quarter of the year draws to a close (already), I’m happy to report that I’m making good progress on this goal. As spring draws ever closer, more delicious veggies are becoming available so incorporating them into our diets is even easier. Daylight savings time (love it or hate it) is now in effect, which means it’s lighter later, making evening outside movement just that much easier. A friend has set similar goals to mine, and we’ve made it a regular routine to run together at least once or twice a week.
The less glamorous stuff? Well, I’m in dire need of a dental cleaning, and as we are moving into the second quarter of the year later this week, I’m beginning to think about the action steps I’ve already taken, and what I need to change or accomplish in the next 3 months. (Scheduling a dental cleaning being one of them).
One action step I’m taking this year as part of self-care is to schedule some sort of writing retreat a couple of times a year. Ideally, I’d like to do this once a quarter, but life schedules don’t always allow for that. My first retreat of 2023 is coming up next week, and I’m so excited. A few days away to write, plan, dream… It’s going to be good.
Other action steps for self-care I’m planning for the upcoming quarter:
- schedule necessary preventive healthcare appointments
- continue including movement in my daily routines, adding core and strength workouts
- planned physical and mental rest (I actually put this in my planner!!)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. It’s definitely helped keep me motivated to keep implementing my action steps! Thanks for coming along on the journey!
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