Self-Care: How It Was and How It’s Going

I came across this little questionnaire by jaquintinwriter and scored really low. Now, I’ve never really been high maintenance or the girly girl type but…5 out of 20? And this would have been a pre-pandemic score. I made a quick review of my self-care habits just to check if I still feel good about my habits lately.

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How It Was (pre-pandemic):

  • Almost daily exercise
  • Weekly Me time mostly consisting of meditation, reading, going for or making myself a nice meal
  • Some regular monthly pampering i.e. mani or pedicure, massage
  • Occasional pampering i.e. hair treatment, facial or some personal shopping
  • Annual medical/physical/dental checkup or treatment as needed.

How It’s Going:

  • Weekly exercise (mostly nature walks instead of gym) + Healthy eating (mostly home-cooked)
  • Me time still there (+writing or art when I’m feeling extra)
  • Monthly pampering scrapped – I still do not feel safe visiting a salon or spa.
  • Occasional pampering still there but more DIY/at-home, personal shopping at a minimum or barely happening (the latter mainly because I’m going for zero to less waste since mid-2020)
  • Annual physical and dental skipped last year (OVERDUE, so will probably try the mobile center options).
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My self-care habits now look very different, even more minimal and cost so much less, but a lot more mindful. Actually, this mindfulness spills over to almost all areas of my life now. Rare are the days when I’m running on autopilot. I still struggle a bit with consistency but motivation comes easier now, a lot lighter on my feet compared to last year.

What does self-care look like for you these days?

3 Replies to “Self-Care: How It Was and How It’s Going”

  1. Hello…
    This is my first visit to your blog. All of your listed pre-pandemic habits are considered beneficial to good health.
    Throughout this far from norm year you have used discretion with your
    choices via occasional DIY and postponement of whatever wasn’t
    absolutely necessary.
    You have a truly healthy attitude with regard to life and a positive personality.

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    1. Hi! Thanks for reading. Also, it was one of your posts that inspired me to revisit my self-care habits, so thank you for that, too 🙂 I’m inclined to believe that a healthy life starts with a healthy mind/attitude so I put more work on that to get through challenges, esp. this time of the pandemic. I hope you are well and keeping safe.

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      1. You’re welcome. It’s nice to read a post written by me was an inspiration for you. The pandemic has taken its toll as I like to socialize and prior was active in a number of groups. Thankful no Quarantine15. You also stay safe and continue on your healthy regimen!! 🙂 🙂

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