AtoZ Holistic Self-care: O, P, Q…

Playing a bit of catch-up again. So much for blogging every day – but “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good…”

O: Opt (in or out)

Last week I was registered for a networking event with other consultants to nonprofits in an association I belong to. I don’t attend too many of these types of events any more – but this one was just blocks from my home instead of in downtown Chicago. I was interested in the topic and had the time. It all made sense. Until 20 minutes to start time when I was walking to my room to change and head out.

In a snap, I decided not to go. I returned to the couch, told my husband I changed my mind, and relaxed for the evening. I opted in and then I opted out.

For me, self-care is about choice. While some things are obligatory – like the April 15 tax deadline in the United States – with many activities, hobbies, habits, and events we can opt in or opt out.

Self-care for body, mind and spirit involves exercising our power to opt in or opt out.

P: Pamper

To pamper, according to a simple Google search, is – “to indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil.”

When you check Merriam-Webster, the archaic definition is – “to cram with rich food: GLUT.”

Which definition of to pamper best defines self-care for you?

Does pamper mean:

  • A bubble bath and candles?
  • A full-body massage?
  • A bowl full of delicious salad with just the right amount of dressing?
  • A big piece of chocolate cake with ice cream?
  • A good book with a cup of tea?
  • A run or walk?
  • A day at the beach?
  • A glass of wine?
  • A horror film?

If to pamper means “to indulge with every attention” – how do you pamper yourself?

Q: Quiet

Enough said.


    • Thanks Donna — I thought since my big project was finished I’d have plenty of time — but I forgot to factor in all the other projects that sat waiting for attention at the same time. Seems others appreciate this 2-4 day format too. Come May, I’ll return to one a week I think. Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation.


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