Differently Wired 7-Day Challenge: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Differently Wired 7-Day Challenge

I know self-care is one of those buzzwords, right along with balance, and it’s talked about so much in self-help books that in some ways it might have lost its credibility. BUT, I really want you to hear what I am saying here on the topic. Because when you’re raising a differently-wired child, self-care is not optional. I repeat, self-care is NOT optional.

And so today’s TILT is to proactively practice self-care every single day.

What do I mean by self-care? Don’t worry — I’m not suggesting daily trips to the spa or an hour of meditation, unless that’s your thing, then totally … yes… do that.

But when I say self-care, I’m really talking about a small action that is two things: One, intentional—meaning it’s something you are consciously choosing to do because it’s good for your mind, body, and/or soul. So… it’s not an afterthought… it’s intentional.

And two, it’s just for you. Meaning, for this action to qualify as self-care it has to be all about you. That doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone. If your partner wants to join you on a run, that’s cool. Or if your child wants to hang out with you while you’re doing the New York Times Crossword or getting back to work on that knitting project, that’s totally fine. The important thing is your intention behind it and that you’re doing it for you. For example, sometimes I put on some loud happy music while I’m cooking or folding laundry… and I sing and dance while I’m doing my thing. And if Asher’s around, he may even join in! But at the end of the day, it’s a small thing I’m doing just for me because it makes me feel good, and so voila… self-care.

Your Challenge:

Commit to doing at least one intentional self-care act today, and every day for the rest of this challenge. And that’s it. One thing per day, as big or small as you want it to be. As long as it’s intentional and it’s just for you.