A lot of us think that self-care has to be a day at the spa, a 3 hour facial, or girls night out but that is actually not the case. If I were a doctor, I’d recommend a daily dose of self-care with a side of “me time”.
As a mom, a wife and career woman, I believe in the importance of self-care on the reg. Most of these can be practiced regularly, and I suggest that you do. Obviously, you need to find what fits you, but let’s be real who doesn’t like some me time?
I’m in my thirties and can see the crows feet creeping in. So, I like to take care of my skin and at my age, it’s necessary too. I love a good facial and have been known to indulge every 2 to 3 days.
It can be a simple stock up at Dis-Chem or Clicks for a few face masks on the cheap, but if it’s 100% natural you’re after, try a honey and egg mask. Honey is known to have restorative properties and the egg thing is borrowed from my mom – I’m sure that there is a good reason for it, other than it feels so good.
I start exfoliating my face usually while I’m in the bath, and afterwards relax for 20 minutes with a face mask on. I make the most of this time to catch up on my blog (which I’m doing right now) or squeeze in some reading. Better still do nothing, you’re a busy lady and you’re allowed to do nothing.
I am a firm believer in meditation. This is a new practice for me and I’m probably doing it wrong, but those 15 minutes of quiet does my soul good. Start by finding a quiet place in your home, light a few candles if you must and concentrate on nothing at all. This is tougher then you think, but it is important that you try. Meditation is a wonderful way of prioritising mindfulness and wellbeing, and it is called a practice after all.
I use an app to help with my meditation because I find that I zen out better with a little guidance. But, there is a blog post on meditation coming soon.
Is there anything lovelier than being able to watch your own series? Sometimes we sacrifice some TV time for the sake of what the kids want to watch, amirite? This is the case in my house and sometimes I’m at the short end of the remote.
We all have different tastes and we want to watch the stuff that we’re into, we just can’t all do that at the same time. So, every now and then, I want to curl up on the couch and binge watch something wonderful. At the mo, I’m obsessed with A Handmaid’s Tale but totally ready for suggestions!
Taking your vitamins and supplements might not be considered self-care, but what do you think those little lovelies are doing? You might think it’s a chore put those things are there to help you, so let them. Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day and getting healthy, fresh fruit and veg into your diet.
Go for walks and laugh at silly jokes, watch cat videos on the internet just because and take a minute to do something just for you.
I love hearing from you and learning about your self-care rituals. Let us know how you take care of YOU in the comments down below.