More back-to-basics self-care.
Today I spent a few hours cleaning my room instead of going to skating practice. In trying to balance work, school, and having a semblance of a social life, I have let things go a bit in my personal space. As someone who likes organization and order, the state of my room has been producing some anxiety for awhile now. I need my room to be a place that I can retreat to, that I can feel productive in, and when it gets as messy as it has been, I lose it.
So today, I tackled it. A few weeks ago I started cleaning out my closet with a friend, and today I finished the task. I have bags of stuff to take to fat fancy and to a rummage sale we’re having at my school. It feels so good to look over and see my things again. Instead of buried in piles and papers. I still have a small bit to finish up tomorrow, plus laundry to put away, but overall I’m so happy that I took the time today to tackle my room.
I need to remember that cleaning my room and taking care of essential tasks is just as valid as buying myself treats or going out to eat. It’s the kind of self-care that keeps me grounded, keeps me sane, keeps me moving forward and motivated. It opens me up for more elaborate ways of taking care of myself. And I’m all about that.