It’s about a month since I posted Moving towards self-care and three tips for building good habits, so I thought I’d do a quick check-in to let you know how things are going in my attempts to get my self-care act together.
It’ll likely come as no surprise to you that I am a planner! I find enormous benefit in writing out what I intend or need to get done within a particular timeframe, both practically and for enjoyment. I would describe planning as useful and a hobby, and I’m always finding out new and different techniques that make it even more fun.
Although, of course, the idea of planning is not a new one, it has grown in popularity as a hobby and taken on new forms over the past few years. So much so, there’s even a “planner community” within which people share tips, techniques and pictures of their planning activities. With so many beautiful planners now on the market and so many accessories to go with them, for some people it’s a hobby, for some it’s a business and for some it’s both.
Hope you are well today.
When I left my day job a year and a half ago to work on Emerald and Lime full-time, I read a lot about becoming a business owner, about working for yourself and, more particularly, about working from home. There was a lot of recurring advice about self-care (a term I don’t particularly like, but that doesn’t matter, so let’s go with it for now 😉). Anyway, I read a lot about not overworking, about ensuring you have healthy living practices in terms of eating, hydrating and exercising and about methods to cope with stress and anxiety to guard your mental health. All these “non-business” aspects of running a business were stressed to be as important as the business related aspects such as marketing, networking and social media.
I’ll be honest and say that when I was reading this I thought, ‘Well, that’s all a bit obvious, really,’ and continued on my merry way, sure that I’d take care of myself just fine because it’d be easy to do.
It was only after a few months of preparing to launch the business that I realised I had fallen into every single trap.
Journaling is a very personal activity and it takes many forms. Whether you use your journal practically, creatively, or both, your journal will be unlike anyone else’s and the method of journaling that works for you will be your own. It’s a versatile practice, though. What works for you now may need to change in the future and that’s OK. Your journaling can evolve as you do.
Have you heard the theories about whether individuals are predominantly left-brained or right-brained people in terms of the way they think? I decided to look into this idea recently because I'd started to think that I was neither one nor the other and wondered if this was unusual.