Day 23: Finding a Self-Care Activity
Jon talks with Dr. Clarke about the importance of finding a self-care activity “just for you”.
Dr. David Clarke discusses topics including:
- How as kids, some of us didn’t learn to play
- How as adults, the concept of “play” is still important
- Dr. Clarke defines good self-care activities:
- You are physically and mentally engaged, and deeply enjoy it
- You are not pursuing a “goal”, but rather just enjoying the activity
- When you are finished, you can’t wait to do it again
- How finding 5 hours per week for your activity is ideal, but at least one hour to start
- How many of us may feel “guilty” engaging in play, but that such activities sharpen our “edge” and make us more effective in day to day life
- How such activities get us out of our stressful patterns, and create new, positive patterns
Negative Writing (on a piece of paper you will rip up and throw away afterwards): Take 5 minutes to write down all of the negative thoughts causing you anxiety right now, and when you are done, rip up the piece of paper.
Questions for Journaling:
- As a kid did you get the chance to play enough, and just be a “kid”?
- Make a list of all the activities that bring you joy (just for the sake of doing them)
- Which activity can you do this week to start to find your ideal self-care/play activity?
- On a 1-10 scale, how would you rate your pain today?
- Deep Breathing
- Grand Central Station Meditation
- Driving Meditation
- Negative Self-Talk Exercise
- Body Scan Exercise
- Day 0: Setting Up for Success
- Day 1: Your "Old Back Story"
- Day 2: Understanding ESR
- Day 3: Deep Breathing
- Day 4: Wisdom from a Spine Surgeon
- Day 5: How We Get Programmed for Pain
- Day 6: Type A Personalities
- Day 7: The "Big 4" Emotions
- Day 8: A Case of Childhood Stress
- Day 9: A Case of Current Stress
- Day 10: Cases of Depression and Anxiety
- Day 11: Taking Stock & Survey
- Day 12: Your "Monkey Mind"
- Day 13: Awareness in Day-to-Day Life
- Day 14: Roots of Negative Self-Talk
- Day 15: Living from the Neck Up
- Day 16: The Stress Inventory
- Day 17: Depth Journaling
- Day 18: Raising A Child As You Were Raised
- Day 19: Writing a Letter to Relieve Stress
- Day 20: Acknowledging the Hero in Us
- Day 21: Taking Stock & Survey
- Day 22: Getting Good Sleep
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