Self-care, maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s super on-trend right now, but what exactly is it? If you are anything like me you are probably picturing something involving baths, face masks, candles, and a fancy bath bomb, or maybe that’s just me. For the sake of this post, I actually Googled the technical definition so I could sound like I know what I’m talking about.
Self-Care: “The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
We all have demands on our time, whether it’s work, kids, family, or pets, there is always someone or something that we need to care for and that takes precedence over ourselves. Okay, so maybe an at-home spa day isn’t very practical, and honestly, I usually only take baths when I’m not feeling well. That being said, I’m a firm believer that everyone needs to make a little time for “self-care” in their everyday lives. Today I wanted to share some of the simple little things that I do regularly that add a little extra happiness, with taking up more them a few minutes.
Be as simple or as complicated as you want! Whether it’s just cleansing and moisturizing, or a seven-step routine, take good care of your face because you’ve only got the one.
I keep a calming pillow spray on my nightstand, and use it every night, about ten minutes before I go to bet. Eucalyptus is my scent of choice, but I also love lavender and mint. Sleep Sounds kinda silly, but the majority of people don’t get enough sleep, or the quality of sleep isn’t what it could be. As with everything, there are times when you can’t manage how much sleep you are getting, but whenever you can, make sure you get a good nights sleep.
Clean Sleep Space.
The rest of the world could be falling apart and I would be fairly unbothered, but if I wake up to a pile of clothes in the corner, and makeup, and camera gear all over my dresser, then it stresses me out.
A big part of my evening routine is making sure things are fairly tidy, I have been having a little trouble with it for the last couple of weeks and I’ve noticed the difference in my morning mood.
Here is another no brainer, but it’s so important! For the most part, I only drink the amount of water I need to survive, not the amount I need to function on full capacity.
I would highly recommend trying to get as much water as you possibly can. My rule is to have two glasses of water for every cup of coffee, plus one in the morning before I even think about coffee. Then whatever I can get after that is a victory.
Whether I’m painting them or not, taking care of my nails is very important to me. My nails are fairly brittle, so I keep them short so they don’t break, but I try to keep them well-shaped, clean and buffed.
I never thought I would see the day when I would be an advocate for exercise, but here I am.
As someone who has dealt with chronic pain for a number of years, exercise has always been a very unpleasant experience, but for the last couple of months I have been trying out lower impact things like yoga, weights, and general strength improving stuff and I have definitely noticed a difference.
So, find something that works for you, it can be as much or as little as you want.
What do you regularly to treat yourself?