I try to do something self-care related every day. Whether it’s taking 20 minutes to journal, watching Netflix while I craft, or taking a long shower followed by a facial or hair mask; it’s the small things that make a big difference. I mean let’s face it, we’re both busy busy busy – who has time for hours of self care every day?
So while Sunday’s aren’t necessarily a ‘designated self-care day,’ this is a great way to share my experiences with self-care throughout the week, and find new and creative ways to~
This Week’s Self Care: Crafting – Cooking – Journaling
While I am well aware that my dreams are not actually getting filtered through the string hanging above my bed-they make for a fun craft and an even cooler decor. Plus-they aren’t nearly as hard to make as you would think.
- Make the ring. I like wreath wiring. It looks like a branch and is really easy to bend; as long as you have some wire cutters.
- Tying string to the ring and then weaving it together is one way to do it~
- Or you can tie the string to itself around the ring~
I had a ton of fun doing this-I even wrapped some that I already had with some fun yarn, and I think I had better stop…it’s getting a little out of hand.
I have been starting a gratitude journal, along with some weekly and daily planning!
After stripping this $10 Target journal to its bare bones-I created the hell out of it with some modge podge, buttons, and random other things. Now, it’s MY journal, and it pretty accurately describes my personality.
I am currently reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly-which serves for some great gratitude journal inspiration! But I did take some time to come up with a few questions to use if I couldn’t think past being thankful for my cell phone or college education~So here are 25 gratitude journal questions that can help get ya started!
1. How challenges and difficulties helped you grow as a person.
2. A recently imagined worst-case scenario you prepared for that didn’t happen?
3. What’s one good thing that happened today?
4. What’s improved about your life from this time last year?
5. What’s one kind or thoughtful thing someone did for you recently?
6. What have others done that I am benefiting from in my life (people I’ll never meet)?
7. Who helped you become the person you are today-how would you thank them?
8. Someone who always really listens when you talk, and how does that affect you?
9. Non-physical gifts you’ve received—someone’s time, understanding, or support?
10. What’s something you witnessed recently that reminded you that people are good?
11. Interactions I have had lately that impacted and inspired me?
12. How have your talents recently been used, and what did you enjoy about it?
13. What choices have you made in the last 5 years that you would thank yourself for?14. Basic abilities you often take for granted? like what your arms and legs can do.
15. Something that comes easy to you that others struggle with?
16. What’s the weather like today, and what is one good thing that comes from that?
17. What is the most beautiful thing you saw today?
18. What have you seen in nature recently that made you feel happy, peaceful, or free?
19. What do I hear that I am grateful for (birds? music? people outside?)
20. What made you laugh or smile today?
21. A recent opportunity you had with that someone else may not have?
22. How many of your basic needs do you not need to worry about meeting today
23. Something you have access to that consistently improves your mood?
24. What happens without you having to think about it? Sun rising, heart beating etc.
25. What I get to do that I’m grateful for? (hobbies? work? helping someone?)
How to Develop a More Regular Practice of Gratitude
- Try to Journal Daily
- Meditation or Yoga Practices
- Use Snail Mail to tell the ones you are grateful for how you feel
- Set a daily alarm or reminder to stop and be grateful
The bazillion benefits of gratitude
- improves sense of well-being
- feel happier and more content with your life
- it’s so simple you can do it with little to no effort
- has a positive impact on your physical health, mental health, & those around you
- can help you to look on the positive side of things without even thinking about it
Happy Self Care Sunday!