I have always found taking a nice bath relaxing and energizing at the same time. Perhaps I am one of the last to bathe and not shower each morning? I love to relax, ponder, contemplate the day, listen to music, listen to a book, etc while enjoying a nice, hot bath. Sometimes if I can, I also end the day this way. My guide dog, Cricket, is always close by usually sitting right near the bathtub and keeping an eye on me (brings a smile to my face) Any list of self-nurturing activities that I give a client it is on the list. Funny - the other day I was talking to a client about the importance of her finding some healthy self-care activities for herself and I asked about a warm bath. She told me she had showered that day. We laughed as I realized that she thought I was asking her if she had good hygiene. No - I just often think of a nice relaxing bath as an option for self-care. Some others on the list are: walk in the park, get a manicure or pedicure, relax with a good book, stop and smell some flowers, sit on the porch and shell something, swing on the swings, spend time near a river, stream or creek, sit on a bridge with feet dangling over, dance to music (another one of my favorites), pot your plants (oh can't wait to do this in a few months), call a good friend, go to bed early, listen to soothing music, let yourself dawdle, ... the list goes on. What's your favorite Nurturing Activity?
In the past month as I have made some additional adjustments to my life with increased vision loss; I have found this to be a time of more self-nurturing as I make time to make these adjustments. Yes, a few times have had to say that NO word for requests (and that's okay), have increased my organization (excited haven't lost my phone for two weeks!), and have reached out to friends and family who have helped me in this journey - also have appreciated the encouraging comments and emails. Thank you!