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When was the last time you’ve planned something that you really love or have been wanting to try? Yes, I admit… during the pandemic, planning activities can be a challenging thing to do. 

But, everyone needs self-care. And if you’re open to a bit of creativity, finding a safe and healthy space is just a matter of a quick search. Outdoor activities are especially great during this time. 

So, here are some tips to help you put you first. 

Get out your calendar!

This should be easy, especially if you’ve already mastered your ‘no’ and freed up some of your time.

First…

Make a list of 2-3 activities that you’ve been wanting to try but never got around to it. Again, don’t forget the outdoors to help you stay safe.

You can also add to the list things that you enjoy doing, but haven’t done in a while.

The key is: the activity must be something that you think you’d enjoy. If it’s scheduling a workout, and you hate exercise, that doesn’t work. So make sure it’s something you would look forward to.

Some examples include (and lots of options are now online or conducted via Zoom):

  • Sleep!
  • Salsa
  • Improv
  • Travel
  • Hiking
  • Trapeze
  • Hot Yoga
  • Painting Class
  • Guitar Lessons
  • Wine tasting
  • Hip-Hop Dance Class
  • Fishing on the lake
  • Free outdoor concert or summer theater

Second…

Spend 15 minutes (set your timer) on finding that class or activity online, and schedule it within the next 3-5 days. If you schedule it too far off, say in the next week or the next 2 weeks, it’s much easier to cancel it.

When I first scheduled my very first Reiki session and one of my acupuncture sessions, I scheduled it the day before I actually had my appointment and had to pay in advance. That way, I would lose money if I missed it. And, it practically forced me to go no matter how I felt.

Canceling at the last minute would not be a responsible decision. And part of mastering your ‘no’ is being responsible in that decision.

If you’re tight on money, you may be surprised to find that some classes have drop-in (or online) rates, sometimes as low as $10. Or, you can try something like Groupon in your area.

Next…

Tell someone!

Tip: You’ll find more accountability if you share it on social media or with friends that you’ve scheduled something fun. You’re less likely to cancel, and your friends may ask, ‘Hey, how did that Trapeze class go?’

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Schedule that ‘thing’, and post it on one of your social media sites. Or tell some friends. Then, tell me about it on Facebook or Instagram.
  • Try scheduling regular self-care. But, make it an easily achievable goal. For example, to start, set aside 1-2 hours in your schedule every two weeks to make time to focus on one of the activities you love. Start slow, then once you get in the routine, try moving your activities to every week or even 2x per week.

 

Do you have any tips on how you engage in self-care? Please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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