How to Practice Self-Care
Self-care is something that is oftentimes overlooked, but so, so important. This is something I need to get better at myself, so while I’m sitting here thinking about how I can improve, I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.
I am busy almost 24/7, which isn’t really a good thing. So many of us often talk about how “busy” we are as though it’s the norm, but it’s not something to always brag about. As much as I do like to keep a full schedule (hello full-time marketing career, professional makeup artistry business, Etsy shop, blog, and social life), I do know that it’s important to take care of me and practice self-care. It’s important to take time off, whether that means a getaway or even just an hour out of your day. Here are some things I like to do to practice self-care – you might like to try doing them, too.
I hardly ever take baths (probably like once or twice a year), but whenever I do, I realize how much I enjoy the process. I like to turn the lights off, light a few candles, pour some great smelling suds or use a bath bomb, and put on a good playlist. Sometimes I also like to grab a glass of wine (Sauvignon Blanc is usually my go-to) and completely unwind. If wine isn’t your thing, make a cup of tea or even some fresh lemon water. A hot bubble bath feels SO good on your muscles – you just feel so relaxed. Speaking of muscles – if your budget allows, you should treat yourself to a massage. I always feel like a brand new person after a professional gets rid of all the knots that build up in my neck and back.
Face masks are another great way to treat yourself. Your skin will say, “thank you!” and look so good after you wash it off. I always keep a few different face masks stocked in my cabinet, depending on my skin concerns at the moment. A few of my favorites are the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores, Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, and Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask.
Meditation is something that I keep trying to incorporate into my daily morning and/or nighttime routine, but I haven’t stuck to it (yet). However, it is something that I can say I do at least a few times a week. Even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, try simply breathing (yes, inhaling and exhaling) while shutting your mind off. My mind NEVER and I mean never shuts off. It’s super annoying and something I am constantly battling. So when I meditate, I like to take at least a few minutes to brush off any and all thoughts that come floating into my head. What I’m making for dinner, what time I need to start wedding makeup this weekend, or what my life is going to look like in a year from now can wait a few more minutes.
You should also try practicing yoga if you haven’t already. I always forget how much I enjoy doing yoga after I attend a class. The gym I belong to offers hot yoga classes every single day, but I’m lucky if I do it once a month. I’m going to make it a goal to attend a yoga session once per week, because I feel SO MUCH better after I go. You feel more at east, more balanced, more in tune with your mind and your body, and overall happier. What’s not to love about that?
If you know me personally, it’s no secret: I’m a huge book nerd. I like to constantly be reading a book, sometimes more than one at a time. The last one I read, which I just finished two days ago, was really good – The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine. I just started a new one last night, How to Be an Overnight Success by Maria Hatzistefanis. Reading has so many benefits, including mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking skills, improved focus and concentration, better writing skills, and tranquility – just to name a few. Oh, and did I mention – it also helps you fall asleep!
There are many different forms of detoxing (most people probably think of drinking liquids for 24 hours, or something along those lines, when the word “detox” is mentioned). One form that I think is extremely is digital detoxing. I spend way too much of my life in front of a screen, whether it is my laptop, desktop, or iPhone. I am constantly on the computer for work, and on my phone for work, social media (which is also work for me), and texting friends. This can become so overwhelming sometimes, so it’s good to give it a break. Try turning your phone off or putting it on airplane mode for a few hours, or even a full day. This will prevent you from checking emails, social media, texts, etc. You’ll be surprised how much more you can get done in a day (or just relax) without constantly checking your phone.
What do you do to practice self-care? Leave a comment and let me know!