The Self-Care Bucket List for Tired Souls
“I’m always so busy but I don’t know what it is I’m doing.”
If you’re heard that one before (or if you’re the one saying it), then you must know how certain days can feel like a complete whirlwind. The weekend comes and all you want to do is lie under the bedsheets and pretend Monday isn’t around the corner, or scour the internet for travel deals so you can escape your life for a bit (or better yet, go on a surprise trip so you don’t have to plan a thing)!
When life starts to feel like a constant blur, pushing the pause button can be difficult. But push that button we must—even for just a moment—to recalibrate, to find our centre and to feel connected again to what truly matters to us.
*Related post: Why We Travel: Disconnect To Reconnect
If you’ve never tried creating a Self-Care Bucket List before, now is a good time as any. If the well-known Travel Bucket List compiles places we’d like to visit in our lifetime—perhaps finding ourselves in a certain Destination X—a Self-Care Bucket List is more of a personal manifesto in list form. It reminds us to care for ourselves and gives us clarity in our busy lives so that we don’t get end up in a flurry of activities for days-turned-weeks-turned-years.
GO AT YOUR OWN PACE
These days, it’s easy to find out what our friends are up to without ever meeting them in person. Not only friends, but strangers too! FOMO (fear of missing out) often creeps in when we see yet another photo of our friend’s friend taking a spontaneous weekend getaway or our primary school friend have their bachelorette party at an exotic beach resort. And we begin to compare our lives—shockingly uneventful and stagnant—with theirs.
This may come across as trite, but be kind to yourself. Everyone you meet (or see on the web) is at a different stage and place in their lives, and it’s alright to move at your own pace, even at snail-speed.
STEP AWAY FROM THE LIGHT
Of your cellphone and laptop, I mean. Social media detox may be a buzz phrase lately but it really does have its merits. Put away your phone, or even your laptop, even if it’s just for a day, and you’ll notice how subliminal messaging from our scrolling feeds messes with how we view ourselves and our lives.
If you’re on an Anywhr trip, rest assured you’ll have plenty to discover from the suggestions given in our Travelogue. You won’t even notice that you’ve gone hours without checking your phone for social updates.
GO ON AN ARTIST DATE
This concept was created by artist, Julia Cameron. She encourages people to take a couple of hours off in a week to have fun, or play, or do something that invigorates them.
This could mean going for a walk at the park, entering a stationery shop, a bookstore or any place that makes you feel like a kid in a candy store. You could also set a timer and work on something that you’ve put off for a while. It doesn’t have to be an artistic activity—just anything, really, that makes you feel alive and lets your imagination fly for a bit.
SAY YES TO NEW ADVENTURES
This isn’t limited to travel adventures (though that would be ideal, wouldn’t it?) but if you have a chance to take on a new job, make a new friend, try a new hobby, go on a mystery vacation, why not say yes? There’s nothing like a new activity that will shake things up in your life.
There’s a quote by street artist Banksy, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.” So, make time for yourself, grab a pen and paper, create your own self-care bucket list and savour the moments in ticking them off one by one.