Adding “Me Time” Once Per Week [Mental Health Monday]

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As part of my mental health resolutions, I wanted to set aside some time each week to spend alone. I feel like I’m constantly working and even though I enjoy what I do, I still need some time to step back, relax, and unplug for a bit.

Wednesday

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I’ve decided to have some “me time” on Wednesday nights. I chose this night for a couple of reasons.

  1. It’s the middle of the week so it should serve as a nice break
  2. My sister and I alternate days cleaning from dinner and Wednesdays are her night – so, I have no “responsibilities” that night

My goal is to have some time for myself for an hour or two… or maybe three. At least an hour – that’s what I’m aiming for.

Of course, at the time of writing this post, the eight-year-old I babysit has horseback riding on Wednesdays now. This means I’ll get home late on Wednesdays and by the time I eat dinner and shower I might be ready for bed. So, we’ll see how this actually goes.

I’ll be flexible though. I can change my day to Thursdays or something. I’ll plan on Wednesdays but take it as a week-by-week basis.

Anyway, how did I do this?

I made a list

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First, I made a list of some self-care activities I’d like to do. In case you would like to steal any of these ideas, here they are:

  1. Take a bubble bath
  2. Organize Pokemon cards
  3. Color/Draw
  4. Journal
  5. Listen to music and/or create a new Spotify playlist
  6. Listen to a podcast
  7. Create a mood or vision board
  8. Create an aesthetic for one of my novels or characters
  9. Read
  10. Play video games
  11. Jigsaw puzzles
  12. Legos
  13. Veg with a movie/YouTube/Twitch
  14. Declutter or organize something
  15. Learn something new
  16. Retail therapy
  17. Create a collage or scrapbook
  18. Puzzles (Sudoku, word searches, etc.)
  19. Craft

Some of these activities might sound a bit weird. Organizing Pokemon cards? I have a ton. I’ve been collecting them since I was a kid and still do. Organizing them has always been therapeutic for me.

Reading and playing video games? I know, these are sort of considered “work” since I write reviews on a few different websites for these. But I still enjoy them and want to spend some time reading books and playing games I want rather than playing or reading something for the sake of a review.

Declutter or organize? I love cleaning. Cleaning is therapeutic for me and decluttering something will make anyone feel good, especially if it’s something that’s been building up for a while.

Learn something new? I have too many things I want to try or learn about. This is a great way to improve myself and focus on something else for a little bit.

Legos? Legos are fun.

Retail therapy? I actually never buy anything for myself. I’m a saver – which is a good thing – but I want to splurge on myself once in a while. Will I spend hundreds of dollars in one week on myself? No. I just want to buy something nice for myself, that’s all.

Only 19?

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Yes, only 19. I couldn’t think of anything else. So, what I did was write each activity down on a strip of paper three times. Three of the activities I wrote four times. So, I have 60 total inside a mug.

If you come up with anything else I could do, I’d love to hear it.

Considering I get home around dinner and (at this time) it’s pitch black outside around dinner and also (at this time) we’re still in a pandemic, I had trouble coming up with things to do outside of the house.

They’re in a mug on my desk

After making the list, I cut strips of scrap paper (colorful paper, of course) and write each activity on one. As I said, all activities are written three times and a couple of them are written four times.

I folded them and stuck them in a mug. I was going to steal a mason jar from my kitchen but I have quite a collection of mugs on my dresser and in my dresser drawers (because I have no room for them but I cannot part with them). So I took one of those mugs and now it’s my Self-Care Mug.

As I said, I don’t know if it will be every single Wednesday but I’m going to do my best to set aside time – even if it’s just an hour – every single week. I need this and I think it will help a lot in the long run.

Do you add “me time” to your routine? What do you do for self-care? Let me know in the comments below!

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