On Self Care, Librarianship, and Blogging

I read this really fabulous post from Kendra a few weeks ago about taking “self care Sundays,” and loved the idea. It also reminded me that I hadn’t blogged in a while, certainly not weekly, as is my goal. But I realized that taking a bit of a blogging break was my own version of self care. With summer reading coming up, and with all of the amazing things I’ve been doing in my CALLI program, as well as my commitments as a steering committee member for CLEL, my life has been full, full, full of thinking about libraries, leadership, and my day-to-day work tasks. I truly love everything I’m involved with, but having all of these commitments has left me with very little energy to spend on blogging after the work day is over. (If you’re in a similar boat, I also highly, high recommend Mel’s awesome post about knowing when to say no.)

The good news is, taking a little blogging break left me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and I have a BUNCH of things I’m planning on blogging about over the next few weeks. The goal for today is to get some posts scheduled and to catch up on talking about some great things I’ve been learning through CALLI. So look for new posts coming as soon as tomorrow!

But all of these thoughts of self care left me thinking about how librarians spend their off hours on getting rejuvenated and ready to bring their best selves to work. For me, I read, crochet, cook, and take my dog on long walks. What are your self care strategies?

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