Did Self Care Sundays make up happier?

For the past month, I’ve been trying “Self Care Sundays,” which is essentially just taking a few hours for yourself to do whatever self care activities you want on Sunday nights. My goal has been to stay off my computer and phone and do the things that I feel like I don’t have time for during the week.

My list of activities has included:
– reading
– meditating
Yoga with Adriene
– filling out my bullet journal
– a full body scrub followed with body oil and lotion
– hair masks
– face masks
– foam rolling and stretching

My bullet journal that I spent coloring this past Sunday.

I’ve finished two books already in 2020, emptied out a body scrub and a hair mask, and made a real dent in my sheet mask and body lotion pile. Beyond providing an easy way for me to actually get through what I own, I have loved the dedicated time away from screens. It’s really helped with the “Sunday scaries” and has made me look forward to Sunday night rather than being full of anxiety.

Did self care Sundays make me happier? Absolutely! This was one of the best things I’ve tried so far in 2020. I highly recommend creating time and space for yourself on Sunday night for whatever self care means to you.

Did tracking my habits make me happier?

I’m starting back up my trying internet trends posts in between favorites round-ups (but there are more of those coming!). The first thing I tried in 2020 was tracking my habits in my bullet journal. I tracked 9 changes I wanted to try and change this month.

I can definitely say that habit tracking has helped me, but not in the way I expected. It didn’t motivate me to do things just to check the box every day or even any of the days for some of these habits. What it turned out to be great for was making me realize what was already becoming a habit (yoga, following my RP template, lifting, and reading) and what I really needed to put more effort into (drinking more water, meditating, blogging, and walking). It also made me realize that I was trying to do too much at once.

The 2020 challenge turned out to be something that really didn’t fit in with all my other goals. Between lifting, yoga, and our twice-weekly dance classes, I didn’t need another fitness challenge. Tracking my habits made me see how much I was already doing and how I wasn’t making the 2020 challenge happening, which is totally fine!

Now that I have more information about what’s working and what’s not, I’m planning on spending the rest of January working on the 4 kind-of sort-of there habits and finding what that 9th thing will be for February.

Did tracking my habits make me happier? Not yet, but I’m confident that knowing this information will definitely make me happier as the year goes on!