Welcome to Day 22 of the Challenging Times Self Care Challenge.
First and foremost, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that I’ve taken a bit of a break from uploading podcasts episodes the past few weeks.
There’s a lot I’ve learned during this time of quarantine.
After the initial few weeks of being at home, I wanted to give back in my small way by producing these Self Care Challenge episodes with the thought that being at home would provide me with more time to be able to do them.
But, of course, life continues even during quarantine, albeit in very different ways.
In the last month or so, it became clear to me that my professional work and the needs of my personal life needed to be prioritized.
And also while I’ve been creating these self care episodes, I wasn’t fully ‘walking the talk’ myself.
We’re all going through our own thing, but I believe that taking care of ourselves now and always, needs to be a priority so that we have the fuel to be able to be and give in the ways we’d like.
There’s also been what I can only describe as a continued ‘comedy of errors’ of things around our home going completely awry.
These things that have demanded our attention also consumed much of my energy and time the past few weeks.
However, I do want to acknowledge that for myself and my household, these ‘home things’ really amount to minor inconveniences, and I’m very grateful for our health and our continued safety.
What suffered ultimately was this podcast and for that, and if you have been following along, I’m very sorry, although I also realize that this podcast is minor in the grand scheme of things.
I had hoped to provide you with a more consistent experience, but there is absolutely more to come, even if it’s not always as consistent as I may have intended.
And as many places in the world are slowly beginning to reopen during these challenging times, these Self Care episodes may seem as though they may not be as relevant… except I believe that our continued self care is as important as ever, as we continue to experience change and uncertainty for some time to come.
With that in mind, I will be concluding these Self Care episodes after Day 28, but each of these prompts can act as reminders with four weeks of self care activities.
And if you’d like a companion self care guide to be used alongside each of these episodes, it’s available for free as a download here.
I’m still in the process of dealing with some things at home and hope to get back to a more regular uploading schedule soon.
If you’ve been checking in regularly, thank you and I hope to keep serving you.
If you are new here, I hope there are episodes or that these Self Care prompts can be of support you to actively care for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Let’s get on to the Self Care stuff!
But before we get into the details of Day 22 of the Self Care challenge, let’s revisit Day 21.
The Day 21 challenge prompt was: Take breaks from social media for the wellbeing of your mental health.
Whether it’s hopping from one app to another or the continued scrolling in your app of choice, because these apps are designed to keep you engaged, you might find that you can get lost, or at the very least, spend more time than you had originally wanted on them.
The consistent and continued dopamine hits these apps deliver might feel vaguely satisfying, but it might also ultimately leave you feeling all sorts of other things: Like guilt for spending too much time self-conscious after comparing yourself to others, or maybe feeling overwhelmed by the seemingly never ending news and tragedies.
As for me, I can sometimes act in extremes. In this case, I have mostly totally stepped back from social media the past few weeks, and I do feel that it’s been much better for my mental health when I’ve had some time away from social media.
When I have had some downtime, I have mostly been watching documentaries of interest and trying to read more.
Maybe it’s my age, but I’d be more than happy to step back altogether from social media.
But because it’s my goal to share this podcast with others who are interested in making mental health a priority, I think it’s ultimately something I feel like I need to find a balance in.
How about you? How has your relationship been with social media these days? Please feel free to leave me a comment below.
Now, for Day 22 of the Self Care Challenge: Complete a DIY project around your home.
To segue from what I had just talked about with things around my home that’s required our attention in the past few weeks, I thought I’d share a DIY tip provided by Rich, who is the host of the DIY Helpdesk podcast.
Rich and I spoke a couple of months ago speaking about her experiences of social distancing and coordinating with the intention to also talk about DIY project to do around the home during this time we are spending at home.
This is what Rich suggested:
“So one of the things I’ve been doing recently is having a good tidy up. So it’s a fairly straightforward thing, but DIY tools, you pick them up, you use them, you put them down.
Sometimes whenever we’re done with that, what sort of things were used recently and where are they? So I tend to try to make a home for something.
It can be as simple as taking an ice cream box and putting some screws in it and just putting a label on it so you know where they are.
Or it could be more complicated, like creating a backboard or a shadow board for your most used tools, which you can screw to an area in your workshop or in your carriage, for example.
A simple piece of plywood that you can bolt or screw to them to the wall.
And then if you need to put a screw or hang something up like your most used screwdriver or your wrenches, you literally hang it on the hook and it’s there and next time you want it and you know exactly where it is.
That’s a really quick way to start organizing yourself. And it’s quite versatile because if you do add more tools to it, you can change things around. So well, the organizing things is quite good because when you stand back and look at, you think, “Oh yeah, actually I can see where things are.”
Also, to add to Rich’s suggestion, I believe that particular kind organizational setup can be really helpful in other areas of the home, including a home office, organize crafting supplies or even in the kitchen to create an organized space using a board, like plywood board or a peg board.
A great way to organize all these little things that we might be using on a day to day basis.
I also believe that there’s a sense of accomplishment in completing that kind of a project or to decide on doing that kind of a project.
When it’s completed, it can feel satisfying to have completed something tangible that will also serve you moving forward.
I want to thank Rich very much for our conversation and again, his podcast is The DIY Help Desk.
Please share how you’re doing in general, but also how you’re doing with the challenges themselves. You can reach on Twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Instagram, too. I’d love to share what you’re doing and even suggestions for a future challenge on future episodes.
Stay safe and in good health!