Self Care Chronicles–Feb 8-21

So much for catching up. 😉

Sep 2017 Update: Once again, editing to make sure the text of the post is still in there when Went unpublishes his page. 😦

Anyway, once again, some of the self-care ideas shared from social media (in particular, those posted and/or shared on Wentworth Miller’s page), and my own responses.

Today self-care looked like drawing boundaries – hard and fast – with parties who, because we’ve got history, felt entitled to pull some sh-t.

My mental health comes first. Period.

What did it look like for you?

posted 7 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

Hmm…. something many of us need to try to do, I’m sure.
But for me, “hiding” comments on FaceBook certainly helps avoid some of those arguments from which there is no return. Also helps declutter my news feed at the same time.

Today self-care looked like taking three deep breaths (in through the nose, out through the mouth), aware that my lungs have felt a lot more spacious since coming out.  What did it look like for you?

post 9 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

Remember, readers, the tiniest changes can add to up to big differences.
(Edit: I only kinda skimmed through the article before sharing this one. Whoopsie. Whether you’re in the closet or not, or stressed about something else entirely, many of the article’s tips can still help… just modify as needed to your personal situation. Just remember that way the article is written, it is aimed at transsexual concerns.)

John Barrowman Official shares his self-care:

“People might not believe it but when I’m by myself, I actually don’t talk. I’m very quiet. Without thinking about it, it actually calms me down.”

What did self-care look like for you today?

posted 10 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

John’s right… it is hard to believe. 😉
Joking aside, I wonder if “talking” in this context includes thinking out loud? Those quiet moments to myself are very valuable in many ways, but sometimes the “quiet” only relates to other people.

Today self-care looked like downloading a free coloring book from one of my favorite libraries. What did it look like for you?

http://www.openculture.com/2017/02/free-coloring-books-from-world-class-libraries-museums.html

posted 12 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

No free coloring books for me yet, but I do have these other ones to go through:

Some day soon I should see what the library has. Satisfy my curiosity, at any rate.

Maisie Richardson-Sellers shares her self-care:

“I write. I write to find the hope and inspiration within my fears and frustrations. And it varies. Sometimes it’s a story. Sometimes it’s a personal dialogue or a stream of conciousness. It’s a way to calibrate myself and my feelings with the world around me.”

What did self-care look like for you today?

posted 14 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

Writing. Definitely writing for me. Also (very slowly) going through my old trip photos to decide what to migrate to Instagram and what to leave where it is.

Today self-care looked like pausing on the sidewalk when I heard music. It was a pair of wind chimes, hanging in the branches, high above my head.

What did it look like for you?

posted 16 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

Based on my responses to his posts, this must be the first day I’d changed out my routine by taking a walk first thing in the morning.
Usually I’m on the computer first thing, getting all my daily digital tasks done while I have time before heading off to work, but I’m trying to get outside more often (when the weather’s good for it) and exercising more. Not to mention, there are way more photo ops when I’m outside than when I’m sitting in front of a computer. 😉

Wind chimes are certainly a nice type of music.
Story prompt for the fellow writers out there: what were the wind chimes doing high in the branches?

Caity Lotz shares her self-care:

“Meditation. I do 20 minutes twice a day. That seems like the greatest gift I could give myself. It’s like a reset button for me when I’m stressed and my mind is racing.”

What did self-care look like for you today?

posted 17 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

For me, several days going of walking first thing in the morning.
There’s all sorts of meditation out there; going outside and enjoying the day (and enjoying the day being warm enough to leave the winter coat behind!) is a good sort.

Today self-care looks like early to bed with a good book. (Goodnight!)

What did/does/will it look like for you?

posted 18 Feb 2017 on Wentworth Miller’s official Facebook page

Laying in bed with a good book is always one of my self-care options. 😀

So there we have just a few self-care options I liked from my social media feeds, and a few quasi-related self-care options I’ve been doing for myself.

What about you, my readers? To use Went’s question, what does self care look like to you?
Remember, the tiniest changes can make big differences.

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