Almost a year ago, I uploaded an article I had written about self-care and promised to keep revisiting this really important topic. Since then, I’ve written a couple of posts with specific ideas (one of which is available here and there’s another one here and even a special one for the holiday season) and have posted regular reminders on social media. But I felt it was time for another self-care blog post, especially as I have recently come across a couple of articles which relate to this that I’d like to share.
The first is this blog post about refuelling by Sophie Messager, which I really enjoyed. I particularly like the notion of having a sofa day after a birth, for the birth hangover! I have done that regularly in the past, but it’s one of those things that is easily forgotten about when one’s routine changes or life gets busy. Do you experience that as well, I wonder, or is it just me?! I also need to have a sofa day after a conference or a series of workshops too!
I also spotted this interesting report about gardening and health which shows how “gardens and gardening can make a strong contribution to keeping us well and independent”. Given that so many of the midwives and birth folk I know love spending time in their garden, either pottering about with plants or (like me) relaxing amidst the greenery with a bit of light sewing while others do the hard work, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that gardens and gardening can also play a part in our self-care!
My challenge for you for the week ahead is to make time for some self-care, possibly with a garden or gardening focus!