Plan a self-care afternoon just for you
I know the weather doesn’t feel like it’s summer, but let’s pretend.
When was the last time you set aside an afternoon just for yourself?
I hope I can persuade you.
This could be on a weekday if you work flexibly, or if you have some days of holiday you’ve not taken yet.
Or maybe on a weekend if that is easier?
Either way, if you have a partner, or kids or anyone else who might stand in the way of you having your self-care time, let them know.
You will be unavailable for a few hours, that’s all.
Self-care on your terms
This article shares some suggestions for your self-care afternoon, but they are just ideas.
Make your afternoon work for you.
The reason you’re setting this time aside is to have a break.
Self-care afternoon ideas
Or make your own list!
- Make your favourite lunch. Whatever is easy to prepare, and feels like a treat.
- Infuse your water. Add cucumber or strawberry slices to your water, and maybe some ice.
- Walk or cycle to a favourite spot. Maybe it’s by a river or the sea, woodland, hills, or even just the local park.
- Take a book or maybe a craft. Read or do some knitting or sewing in a shady spot. Maybe bring a hat.
- Wear clothes you love. This is your chance to wear something you normally save for special occasions.
- Bring a notebook or journal. Take some time to reflect on your year so far. What moments stand out for you? What are you feeling grateful for?
- Go to a flower shop on the way home. Select a few flowers to take home. Treat yourself to the ones that aren’t in bunches.
- Make yourself a tea in your best cup. Or a smoothie if you aren’t into tea.
- Listen to your favourite album. Or a playlist with music you love.
- Sit or lie down somewhere you feel relaxed. Put your feet up. Wrap yourself in a quilt.
Self-care is something we all need to do more. [Related post: 5 ways to practice summer self-care]
It’s not selfish, or lazy to set aside some time for self-care.
If a whole afternoon seems impossible, then focus on what is possible.
Small steps are worthwhile, especially if you can repeat them regularly.
Sleep, rest and quality downtime are building blocks that help build resilience and prevent burn-out. [Related post: If you have pandemic burnout you are not alone]
Make time for you
What would be on your list of things for a self-care afternoon?
I hope you can take some time for small things that you enjoy.