Self Care and School

Self Care Linkup 1

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There’s a strange sort of attitude when it comes to higher education in America.

If you don’t have some sort of degree by the age of 30, you’re somehow a failure. Never mind that trades like iron working, plumbing and carpentry are still important jobs that require their own brand of education.

There’s a sort of obligation to go to college, whether you want to or not. It’s to the point where the requirement of having a bachelor’s degree for many jobs is meaningless.

That said, going back can also be an expression of self-care. Meeting new people, learning new things and generally expanding your mind are all ways to take care of yourself.

I’ve made that decision, recently. It’ll be stressful and challenging, but I’m also excited to make some changes for the better in my life.

When we hear “self-care” we think relaxation, but it can also be something difficult. It could be a way to finally make some big, positive differences in quality of life and growth.

By that metric, going back to school is self-care, even if it will, and already has, spelled out stress in the short-term.

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Self-Care Bonanza – The Geek Side

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This has been one of the most stressful weeks I’ve had in a while. Beyond the regular stresses that come with budgeting and running a household, we discovered one of our kitties had something wrong with her on Tuesday night.

Fortunately, our awesome vet was able to get us in on Wednesday, and with fears of something terrible fluttering in our chests, we brought her in. Our sweet little tabby had something going on that’s seen much more often in dogs – impacted anal glands. Gross, I know. Not much fun to treat, either, but nothing serious.

A tabby cat curled up on a white, plush chair.So, she’s enduring sitz-baths for the next few days and some rather uncomfortable salve application for four more days. At least she’s slowly starting to feel better and getting more treats than usual.

The vet also suggested giving her a little fish oil once a day, so I’m looking for something she won’t turn her nose up at, since the stuff I take is pretty strong smelling once out of the caplets.

Anyway, although it was a huge relief to find out she’ll be alright, the stress was bad enough to cause me some pretty nasty pain this morning. I woke up with upper back, neck and headpain, all of which happen when I get stressed out.

Fortunately, I was able to sleep in a little bit this morning before enjoying coffee out of my new favorite mug while watching an episode of Quantum Leap.

A clear glass mug filled with coffee with a picture of the Ninja Turtle Raphael in front of a slice of pizza on it and the words "All I want for Christmas is Pizza!" in red.Quantum Leap has some great episodes, but I’m getting to a few that are pretty mediocre. I continue to be entertained at what the writers think people dressed like in the late 20th century, though.

The character Al from Quantum leap in red pants, a white shirt with black cuffs, a black vest, a black and red striped tie and a red fedora.It’s hilarious looking back at what science fiction writers thought people of the future will wear when you’ve lived through that future. It’s pretty obvious this show was written in the late ’80s and early ’90s based on Al’s wardrobe alone.

I’m feeling much better now. After a little stretching, I was able to get on with my day.

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Self Care Bonanza – ALL THE WATER

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If you’re anything like us, you’ll be doing some adult drinking tonight. Paramount in self-care is watching your health, which is why I’m featuring water in this week’s installment.

River water broken by bolders and dappled with sunlight.The general rule is to drink two full glasses of water per every alcoholic drink you consume. That will help reduce dehydration and mitigate the New Years hangover.

River rapids immediately following a water fall.It’s also a good idea to sip on water throughout the day, even when you’re not planning on drinking in the evening. However, when you are planning on partying with the over 21 crowd, it’s even more important to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Waves breaking on rocks.Things like alcohol, coffee and many types of sodas are diuretics, which mean they encourage water loss. While that’s helpful in some medical conditions, too much can be harmful.

And remember, always listen to your body. If you need to throw up, throw up. If you start feeling sick, take a break from the booze. Your health is more important than anyone else’s opinion.

Shovel PointIf you need to bring your own water, do so.

As a side note, all the water pictured in this post is either from Lake Superior or its tributaries. It’s remarkably clear, and the brown color comes from the iron rich soil of the area. We didn’t get up there this summer, but hopefully we will in 2016.

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Self-Care Bonanza – Christmas Eve Edition

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I know this time of year is busy for a lot of people. Even if they don’t celebrate mainstream holidays, like my husband and I, it’s still hectic juggling familial responsibilities and day-to-day tasks.

I hope that all of you lovely folks are able to take at least a few moments for yourself to recharge a little bit.

Yesterday, I did that by attempting to do a sort of sparkle fade on my nails. It didn’t work out as planned, but at least I have sparkly nails for upcoming family gatherings and maybe the New Year!

A woman's hand with fingernails painted red with glitter nail polish, wearing a plane gold wedding ring on a denim background. A woman's hand with a plain gold wedding band and glittery red painted nails on a wooden surface.What are you doing for self care this week?

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Self Care Bonanza – Week Two

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Self care doesn’t have to be about pampering. It can also be about taking some time to relax. That’s what I did yesterday morning: relaxed for a little while with a cuddly kitty.

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Self Care Bonanza – Week One

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, self care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. It can range from getting enough sleep and eating well to pampering ourselves a little from time to time.

As a way to celebrate, validate and encourage this healthy habit, I’ve decided to start this link party in which I encourage everyone to showcase something they do to help themselves out and/or a tutorial to help others do so.

To kick it off, here are a couple of things I’ve done within the past week to take care of myself.

Simmering noodle soupSince I’ve managed to catch the cold my husband brought home, I made myself some noodle soup in chicken broth. Usually, I’d add a bunch of veggies, but since I was feeling so terrible at the time, I just added some minced ginger and a bunch of black pepper.

It tasted good and loosened my sinuses up a bit.

I also liked how the noodles looked while it was cooking. They’re all squiggly and whatnot.

Since I had a birthday the week before last, I decided to do something new, and dye my hair a dark blue. Since I didn’t bleach it, it turned out black with blue highlights – mostly.

A woman's hair, held back with a black clip. It's dyed an uneven blue.I took that the day I first dyed it. The stuff I used, Manic Panic Rockabilly Blue, didn’t take the first time, so I refreshed it the next day, which turned it much darker.

After a few washes, it’s starting to come out, as I expected it to, but it’s still nicely dark.

A woman with dark hair and glasses, looking away from the camera. A woman with dark hair and glasses looking at the camera.I’d forgotten how much I liked myself with dark hair. I may pick up a permanent hair color once this stuff has faded.

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