Hobbies can be a lot of fun. We may look at them as unimportant and just playing around. They are actually more important than we may think. When you read lists about self care, hobbies are often included in the list. If you seek therapy for mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, it is usually recommended that you try a hobby. So why should we make them part of our lifestyle?
Early last January Shanta Wilson, “Queen” of Shanta’s Savings Club on Facebook, shared an article about meal planning. I commented back then that I had tried before with no success. She encouraged me to give it another try and I am so glad she did! I made it my year long project not just for my family but for others as well. I created my own Facebook group, Friendly Meal Planning, to share recipes, tips, menu plans, and more! I quickly got into planning one week of suppers at a time and discovered success! Success meant that those nights of my daughters asking what’s for dinner and me not having answer changed to them finding the meal plan to cook up the meals while I was busy doing other tasks! The nights of last minute running to McDonald’s or a pizza place were replaced with healthier more balanced meals at home. We still occasionally plan to go out to eat.
As you may have guessed, Physical Self Care is about taking care of your body. Five main ways to do so are:
- A regular sleep routine: Getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night helps you wake up refreshed and ready to face the world.
- Eating well: Our bodies need 3 healthy meals per day in order to function at it’s best.
- Exercising: Exercising can be fun and helps keep our bodies strong.
- Good hygiene: Good hygiene helps prevent some problems/illnesses with our bodies.
- Health care: Maintaining good health helps our bodies maintain a longer and better quality of life.