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My Simple Self-Care Habits

 

Your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you received from God. You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV

Self-care isn’t selfish. It is God’s command; hence I made a decision to develop self-care habits, which are the following:

Quiet Time

I turned on the notification on my Bible app to deliver verse of the day every 6:30 a.m., which I read after my husband left for work (on weekends, I do this before breakfast). After reading the verse, I go to Our Daily Bread‘s website to hear the day’s devotional. Then I pray.

Pray

I talk with God what’s in my heart that particular time. Sometimes it’s the same as yesterday, sometimes it’s a whole new prayer. I pray not only during quiet time, but any time.

Read

Reading benefits me a lot—from vocabulary expansion to acquiring new knowledge to entertainment.

Plank

I do a 1-minute plank daily.

Stretch

Stretching wakes up my muscles. This takes only 5 minutes or less.

Intermittent Feeding

My schedule now differs from the time I posted about plankif. My schedule before was Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; now it’s Mondays to Fridays. My husband noticed that plankif has brought improvement, so he decided to join me in intermittent feeding and wanted to start big—a 5-day IF!

Water

I drink 2 liters of water a day. I start my morning with 500 ml of water on an empty stomach, and I drink the rest throughout the day.

Breathe

I go outside our house and make 15 repetitions of deep breaths every morning.

Sunlight Exposure

I do this three times a week, 10-15 minutes each time, between 6:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. (free Vitamin D!).

Walk / Run

My husband and I have decided that I will join him for a run once a week. However, I enjoy walking too so I opt for a walk / run bond with him. When he runs uphill, I walk. When he’s with me, I do a sprint.