Skip Something Only You Care About

Yesterday I did not write a blog post for this 31 Days of Self-Care Challenge. It wasn’t that I didn’t have the opportunity. I was just having a good time and decided to blow it off. Taking a long walk on a beautiful day was a much higher priority for me than cranking out 300 words of questionably useful advice. That’s the self-care tip that I didn’t write about: skip something only you care about.

Katie and I had errands that we needed to run. We had lunch at one of our favorite places. I got to go to a shop I rarely get to visit, and bought myself a little something shiny — yes I actually spent a couple of Euros on something that I don’t need, just because it was pretty and made me happy! Then I came home, goofed off, and did a fat lot of nothing for the rest of the day.

Skip Something Only You Care About

I’m not saying, dear reader, that you don’t care about whether this blog gets updated. What I am pretty sure of is that you’re not nearly as invested in it as I am. The evidence of this is that I didn’t have a ton of emails asking what happened to the daily post. That’s okay. No one died.

The purpose of this challenge has been to get myself into the habit of blogging, it’s true. But it’s also been about making myself think about my own self-care. Sometimes, that means not thinking about self-care.

We too often assign importance to things that aren’t in the least bit essential. After an incredibly rough week, I needed actual downtime. I just needed a fun day, so that’s what we had. It was — shock! — more important to actually engage in self-care than to write about it.

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