Earlier this week I realised that I have been so busy with business, treatments and and family that I’ve forgotten to fill my own cup first.

I needed some timeout. I’ve feel like I’ve been chasing my tail for the last few weeks, actually I’ve been chasing my tail since the new year! I haven’t given myself the time to reset and plan for the year ahead.

As I write this, I’m meant to be with my softball team playing a game. I finished work at 12.30pm on Saturday and our game started at 1.10pm. This wasn’t enough time for me to pack up my massage room, change clothes, travel to Hawker and warm up.

Now because I wasn’t going to make it in time for a warm up, and to prevent a possible injury (from not warming up), I decided to have this time out instead. I have a small list of things I want to get finished and time for a movie at home too.

To me, this is self care. Taking the time I need for me.

So, what is self care for you?
It can be watching a movie, visiting a friend or trying a new cocktail. There are so many things you can choose to do, but it’s individual to you.

Self care is doing your favourite activities, doing something you love! Here are some more self care ideas:
1. Have a massage!
2. Read a book or a magazine
3. Walk in nature
4. Meditate
5. Sleep in on the weekend
6. Watch the clouds
7. Unplug from social media
8. Colour in, draw, or paint
9. Do yoga
10. Breathe
11. Exercise
12. Listen to music
13. Dance
14. Spend quality time with a loved one
15. Look at the stars
16. Pray
17. Create a vision board
18. Watch the sunrise or sunset
19. Get out in the garden
20. Light a candle
21. Go to bed early
22. Call a friend that makes you laugh
23. Stretch
24. Take a nap
25. Go for a swim
26. Start a gratitude journal
27. Write a bucket list
28. Watch a comedian on YouTube
29. Take a bath
30. Write a list of compliments to yourself
31. Do a jigsaw puzzle
32. Declutter your social media
When was the last time you took some time out for yourself?

With Valentines Day just around the corner, treat yourself the way you would treat your Valentine!