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Self-Care Quiz

Another quiz borrowed from NothingButKnit! Self-care is a new term for what we used to just call pampering ourselves 🙂 Getting down time and taking care of ourselves can sometimes be a struggle, so it’s interesting to see how other people handle it. Here are her questions:

  • Do you practice self-care? Is it a term you use or is it a foreign concept?
  • How do you practice self-care in a physical way? Do you put make up on or get your hair done? Maybe get a massage? Go for a run?
  • How do you practice self-care in a mental way? Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you sit quietly and empty your mind?
  • Do you consider time alone to be self-care? Or time with family? Or time with friends?

And here are my answers:

  • I do practice self- care. I don’t generally refer to it that way, but am starting to get comfortable with the term.
  • I practice physical self-care in a couple of ways. One way is to go for a nice walk somewhere restful and preferably scenic. Another way is that sometimes I give myself a “spa day”. Which is a kind of grand term for soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salts or bubble bath, and sometimes give myself a nice mud mask facial or similar.
  • Mental self-care can be things like spending time reading, or just listening to music. Knitting is always self-care time, as I really enjoy it. Sitting in my chair with a cat on my lap, tea on the table next to me and knitting in my hands is pretty darn perfect.
  • In general for me, time alone is more rejuvenating. There are a couple people I love being with – DH, a couple of friends and close family members. But otherwise, time alone is restful.

Do you practice self-care? And if so, what do you do? Feel free to answer in the comments, or on your own blog. If you do answer in your blog, please leave a link in the comments so we can read along!

9 thoughts on “Self-Care Quiz

  1. For me, running is my biggest form of self-care. I don’t wear makeup very often or get my hair done, but I LOVE to get a massage. My ortho guy told me to get a massage once a week when I went there for my hamstring last year. Now I am down to once a month, and I really look forward to each one. I like to split my time – some with friends, some with just hubby, and some to myself.

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    1. Running definitely seems like your bliss 🙂 I know many people really like massages quite a bit! I’ve never had one, but I’m curious if I would like it or not. I’m not big on strangers touching me, but who knows?


  2. I’ve been thinking about Karen’s post since she asked these questions, one minute I think 99% of my life is self care because I quit working because I broke down with stress and anxiety and now spend my days doing whatever I want. Then the next minute I think, but I haven’t bothered getting my haircut since last March, I don’t dye it any more, I’ve gained about 11lb since quitting work and barely exercise or eat well, so do I self care at all! I’ve been watching the latest series of Grace and Frankie and even ignoring the facial plastic surgery Jane Fonda looks fabulous, great figure, great posture and has more life in her than I do and she’s 80something! It’s an interesting set of questions Karen has raised and I’ll be doing more thinking about it.

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    1. It is a very interesting set of questions! And I think self-care means different things to different people. And the definition even changes for each person over time, I think. If I had thought about these questions 20 years ago, the answers would have been very different. And probably 20 years from now they will be different again! Maybe for you the chance to destress is the self care you need right now, and the other stuff will come back when you need or want it. Or not, depending on what you want.

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