TMI Tuesday: Self-Care

Red statue of a woman doing a yoga pose.

By j.e.mcgowan from Titirangi, Auckland (Yoga) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside of regular hygiene activities–bathing, brushing teeth, hair care, let’s talk about what you do for self-care*.

1. Have you ever had a professional massage? If yes, what type? If no, why not?
Yes, and it was fucking amazing! I won one at a home show, and it was 60 minutes of absolute, all-over massage, bliss.

2. Do you engage in the following? Tell us all that apply and how often you do it?
a. yoga
I’ve never tried it, but I think it would be fun.
b. tai chi
I took a class a few summers ago, and I loved it – I really need to get back into it.
c. float therapy
I’ve never heard of it.
d. run/jog
I walk, but I don’t do the running or jogging thing.
e. workout–any that isn’t actually training for something but is for physical fitness maintenance
Four days a week I lift for 45 minutes or so, and 6 days a week I ride a bike for about an hour.
f. other – what?
Hmmm…swimming – as often as I can. Does masturbation count here? I do that…a lot.

3. How many hours of sleep do you average on a weeknight? Weekend?? Do you think you need more or less sleep?
I sleep about 5 1/2 to 6 hours during the week, and probably 8 on the weekends. I really need lots more sleep!

4. Which of the following are you most likely to add to your self-care routine and stick with it??
a. Schedule in a planner daily “me time”?
b. Acupuncture
?c. Take a moment at the end of each day and consciously list a few good things in your life.?
d. Turn off phone and step away from computer/tablet for 4 hours a day
Hmmm…I would love to add b, as I really want to try acupuncture. C is also likely, as it seems like a really good idea. I never have enough time to actively schedule “me time”, and I don’t think I can go away from the phone or computer for 4 hours a day.

5. What do you do for self-care either physically, spiritually or emotionally?
I try to meditate, although I’m not very good at it, but a dark room and deep, slow breathing often help when I’m stressed.

Bonus: Today, make sure you give yourself some love–self-care.
Absolutely!

 

*Self-care is activities and practices that you do on a regular basis to reduce stress and maintain and enhance our short- and longer-term health and well-being. Source: buffalo.edu

 

 

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2 Responses to TMI Tuesday: Self-Care

  1. I’m with you on the me time. that’s a very hypnotizing shade of orange.

  2. I’m genuinely impressed with your workout regimen (and I don’t mean the masturbation, but that’s good too). I wish I could stick to that.

    As I just commented on Aluv’s TMI: I had acupuncture once. It was freaky. It felt like my leg was paralyzed – I didn’t like it at all. For a while I wondered if the guy knew what he was doing, but it all went back to normal 30 minutes later. I wouldn’t do it again.

    But as they say on the infomercials: “results may vary” so you might’ve a different experience.

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