Any form of writing, including creative, academic, or otherwise, can serve as a form of self-exploration that help us make sense of our thoughts and feelings, and discover our deepest desires.
There is certainly no shortage of self-care ideas to browse through on the World Wide Web, advising us to meditate, walk-in nature, or get a massage, body scrub, facial or book yourself into a spa for a day or weekend for self-care.
I’m very indulgent when it comes to self-care, and I, too, love spending $7 Starbucks latte to treat myself, although I cannot get into meditation to save my life.
As I admitted in a previous post, 4 radical digital detox ideas, I am obsessed with radical ideas and prefer the unconventional approach when it comes to practicing self-care.
Below are 10 radical self-care ideas I practice and find to be the most useful, in no particular order of importance.
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1. Make a list of personal policies to live by.
Moving forward, one of my personal policies for this year is I will only tip based on service, and not just to avoid being stereotyped.
It is extremely demeaning to tip after receiving inferior service just to avoid contributing to the stereotype. While on the topic, avoiding certain establishments where I feel un-welcomed at is also part of the list.
This short piece is inspired by a moment of clarity I had while sippin’ on my favourite drink at Starbucks (I’m still *internally* boycotting them) and musing over this article before heading to work.
It’s part critical self-awareness, and part caffeine-induced 6 AM rant. Continue reading “How to fill our days”
1. No social media
(except for LinkedIn.)
2. Exercising (Kickboxing
and Zumba . Sometimes, Pilates).
3. Getting lost in a really good novel.
4. Walking as much as possible. (Here’s a great article on why walking as a form of transportation is super dope.)
5. Lots of music.
6. Lots, and lots, and lots of inspirational quotes, proverbs, mantras, etc.
7. Lots, and lots, and lots of love. (Required: Self, and maybe an awesome supportive partner.)
8. Re-watching The Office, like a billion times.
9. Discipline (= Freedom)
10. Listening to podcasts. (My all time favourite podcast, Freakonomics)
12. Accepting that life is suffering. Then, doing awesome things that make the suffering worth it. (Thank you, Jordan Peterson.)
13. Forgiving myself when I fail.
14. Avoiding the news. (What is a Trump? I do not know.)
15. Reading super awesome and inspirational blogs written by super awesome people.
16. Practicing Minimalism.
17. Practicing Stoic principles. (What is Stoicism?)
18. Keeping a journal. (Some neat journaling technique I recently picked up.)
19. Crying. (‘Cause, crying is good for you.)
20. Reading Warsan Shire‘s poems that make me cry a lot.
“later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
– Warsan Shire