Did you know today is International Self Care Day? Yep. A whole dang day dedicated to self-care.
I’ve written about self-care in the past – it’s something I’ve learned to prioritize and really take care of. At previous jobs, I’ve been consumed by anxiety because I care so deeply about my work, and as moms, we all know that it’s easy to put everyone else in the family ahead of ourselves. Well, if there’s ever a day to take care of you or do something NICE for yourself, today is that day.
Here are my favorite strategies for self-care (pre-Pandemic and, during pandemic…)
Do a Workout
Recently, I rejoined Fit4Mom as they started hosting socially distanced workouts outside. It’s a bit of a haul for me to go workout but as I said, their program worked for me and this quarantine 15 isn’t going away so I need to do something – #ShowUp. Plus, Hubs and I have been going on daily walks which is super nice. I have NOT been running, but running alone was less fun and I felt injury coming on because for a couple months I pushed myself a bit hard. Either way, moving your body – whether for 15 minutes or an hour is a great form of self-care because it’s something you do for you and for you alone.
Get Lost in a Book
I love getting lost in a good book. I’ll curl up in one of our comfy chairs in our front room, or sit outside with a little bit of music and just read. If it’s at night, I might pour myself a little glass of wine, but turning off and getting sucked into a good story is always a release for me.
For a solid hour to an hour and a half, when I go get a mani-pedi (usually just a pedi though if I’m honest), I get to focus on me. I’m not a big talker (I know some people are which is great) but I’ll bring my kindle and just enjoy the nice massage chairs and relax.
Have a Technology-free Day
Don’t look at the news alerts, don’t check Facebook. Turn off your ringer and just let technology be.
Do something creative
For me, though I’m not very good at it, I’ll take my iPad or a journal and just doodle or hand-letter for an hour or two. I can zone out and just stop sweating the small things or the things that should have gotten done but didn’t.
Take a Bath & Mask
Sheet masks are one of my favorite things and I love taking a relaxing bubble bath, turning on some music and just laying back. If I’m really ambitious about my bath time, I’ll light a candle (this is one of my favorites) and bring a glass of wine up.
Create a New Routine
Along the lines of bath & sheet masking, set a new skin care routine. I have a few products i love using at night after a shower – eye cream, moisturizer, night mask – that just help my skin feel refreshed and get me into a better mental space. Find out what your routine is and stick with it. That routine will go a long ways to helping you feel better about yourself.
I often turn on a meditation at the end of my day because it helps me sleep better. I like the ones on the Calm or Peleton app. But they help me unwind and release all the stress from the day. It’s a FANTASTIC and easy form of self care.
If my home or workspace is making me anxious, I will often take 20-30 minutes and just declutter. Hubs knows when I’m feeling stressed I go on cleaning binges because it helps me unwind and feel accomplished. There is nothing that eases my mind more than seeing a clean space that was bothering me. For some, cleaning or decluttering might be a chore but I find it to be oddly relaxing.