Several of my readers know how much I struggle with self-care and criticize myself on days that I feel less productive (I wrote about the subject here, here, and here). I’m starting to let go of the guilty, judgmental thoughts, which I’m sure are ingrained in the minds of many others like myself who’ve spent most of their lives incessantly working towards a degree and busy career. Last month, I disclosed to one of my patients that I sometimes sit on the couch and watch tv for hours on days I feel exhausted and overwhelmed. I regretted telling her the information because I realized my attempt to make her feel less guilty about doing a similar “lazy” regimen was really an attempt to validate my own actions of simply resting on my days off. I realized how much I still need to work on letting go. I need to let go of the pressures, demands, guilt, and self-criticism.
Well, I’m happy to report that I went to the beach this week, strolled, and stared out at the water as the surfers rode the waves. The thought of rushing home to answer emails popped up in my head a few times, but I surprisingly allowed myself to let the thoughts go. I’ve been working on this process of self-care for years, but I’m making progress. And that’s all that matters (no self-criticism involved).
What activities of self-care did you incorporate this week? I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!