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Day 9-12 March 27-30 – Self Care

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Self Care

Do any Google search and you can find a million self-care tips and tricks to take part in during our time of “safer at home”. Some of the most common ones I see are:

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy
  • Get outside
  • Read a book
  • Work on a hobby

These are fantastic things to do, even when you are not in quarantine. I wanted to share with you some of the things I have done to support my social and emotional health.

Work on a project you have been putting off

This is the current state of our bedroom. Aaron and I have been saying for months now that we want to work on it and we (meaning I) kept making excuses for putting it off. Well no more!

We removed all the trim because this is an over 100 year old house and our bedrooms is one of only two rooms where the previous owners painted over the original wood. A travesty really. We painted the walls and ceiling so far and hope to get it all back together soon!

Now, I am a type-A person all the way. So having my bedroom torn apart and remnants scattered all over the house is not really comfortable for me. But, I hold tight to the feeling of accomplishment as we get these household projects done!

I give this as an example of self-care because, in a time where things seem out of our control, it is important to know that there are many things you can control! Completing projects on your “when we have time” to-do list is something you can control. Plus, now that I am home more I can get these things done faster.

Try something new

I looove to cook! It has been a nice silver lining that I have the time to make dinner virtually every night. I also get the chance to pack Aaron lunch after we have breakfast together. This is something I have always wanted to do, but I normally go to work so much earlier than him so it really didn’t make sense. This is just one of the new things we get to do together.

I love to cook meals, but I’ll admit I am not much of a baker. I make the occasional banana bread and muffin mix, but that’s about it. Doesn’t help that my oven is about 2/3 size of a normal oven. Anyway, this was something new I attempted and I think it was a success! (I also made banana muffins just in case I messed something up haha)

Go back to an old hobby

Ever since I was little I have enjoyed reading immensely. You don’t win top reader for 5th and 6th grade by not liking books. I can remember checking out five books at a time from the library and staying up until past midnight to finish a great story.

As an adult I find it very difficult to find time to read. I can spend hours at a bookstore and I keep adding books to my library. Now it is the time to take advantage of my suck at home life.

My first quarantine book is one about an Egyptian woman who becomes Pharaoh. I find her to be fascinating and I can’t wait to share my new knowledge with my students!

Self-care for me often means challenging my brain. I enjoy learning new things, whether it’s on a podcast, a new documentary, or a discussion with friends. Self-care is not just about taking care of your body, but also your mind.

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Create something for someone else

I’m not going to go into too much detail on this one, because it will be a gift! I will put the details on my Current Projects page once it has been given.

There is something to be said about creating something for someone else. I love sharing with my kiddos (students) all of the positive things to come out of this crisis. I see so many examples of people delivering food, making masks for family members, or posting fun videos to spread some joy and I cannot encourage this one enough.

What ways are you practicing self-care? – Mrs. Pettit

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