5 Must-Have Items for a Self Care Day by Marie Harte


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Ah, such a timely blog post. Some days are better than others. Heck, getting to write for a living makes me feel like the luckiest person on the planet. I’m doing my dream job. But with that comes the inevitable fear of failure, constant deadlines, and an inability to predict sales. So what do I need/do to feel better? Five things come to mind…

1. Coffee

I’m not kidding. Coffee—the good kind, that I grind from beans and pair with a lovely plain creamer and Truvia, really mellows me out. Yes, I know it should energize me. And it does, to an extent. But it’s part of my routine, a fresh beginning to a new day. And that always makes me feel like anything is possible. A new day, new hopes, and all the crap from the previous day/hour/minute fades as I start anew.

2. Chocolate

I have a sweet tooth. (And I have noticed that the first two items on my “feel good” list are consumables. Ha. But a lovely milk chocolate, just a few squares, soothes my need for sweet, plus it’s a treat. I don’t have everyday chocolate around the house. I use it brighten my mood or to reward myself for finishing a project or meeting a deadline.

3. A Good Book

When I’m in a funk, a good re-read will do the trick of making everything brighter. My kids make fun of me for reading books in my “library.” But the books I keep are ones I like re-reading, because I know I like how they end. *grin* Sometimes new books disappoint, but my old tried-and-true reads give me a warm fuzzy inside. Anything by Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews, in particular, is amazing. And my old David Eddings Belgariad series is never unwelcome.

4. A Walk in the Sun

Vitamin D is real. Feeling the sun on my face definitely perks up my day, as does walking, getting my body moving. Writing can be a very sedentary endeavor, so getting the blood rushing through my veins is a must. And in my opinion, autumn is the very best season to be taking in the outdoors.

5. My Phone

Why? Because sometimes a friendly phone call can make all the difference between a good day and a bad day. I like spending time by myself, but I have friends I rely on for support. To those whose professions center around creativity, it’s easy to get lost in one’s own head. Talking to friends can liven my spirits.

And it can’t be said enough that sometimes you just have to take time for YOU. I have a bad habit of overindulging myself with this, but hey, I’m mentally sound. Today at least.

About the Author: 

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.

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