Wednesday, January 24, 2018

10 Little Ways to Practice Self-Care Everyday

It's important to take care of our families and our responsibilities, but how often are we taking care of ourselves. If you read this post, you remember that I have learned over the years the importance of investing in myself. I know I can't take care of people if I'm not also taking care of myself. That being said, I know how difficult it can be to take time for yourself. There's always dishes to do, work to finish, emails to check...and the list goes on until you are going to bed exhausted every night because you haven't taken a second for yourself. Studies have shown that adding self-care into your daily routine reduces stress, decreases the chance of mental and physical ailments, increases productivity, and inspires feeling of happiness. Imagine how much better and how much more you could accomplish every day if your stress was reduced, if you felt happier, or if you felt healthier. Today I'm sharing 10 small (and inexpensive) ways that you can add self-care to your routine to become a healthier, happier, and less stressed out version of yourself.

1. Take a bath. One of the least expensive, and most relaxing things you can do is to take a hot bath. I love burning a candle (my favorite ones are this and this), turning on some classical music, and adding a relaxing bath bomb to the water. Even a 10 minute bath can be so relaxing and give yourself time to gather your thoughts and decompress after a stressful day. Bath and Body Works came out with a line of bath bombs and I am obsessed. My favorite one is here.

2. Buy yourself some flowers. Most of us love receiving flowers from our significant other, but have you ever bought yourself flowers? There is just something about having fresh flowers in the house that can feel like such a treat. Put them in your kitchen or bedroom and I guarantee they will put a smile on your face every time you walk by them.

3. Read a self-help book. I read a lot for work but I made a goal to read some kind of separate non-fiction book every month. My January book is The Likeability Factor. Danica just got done reading You Are a Badass and loved it. It's next on my list.

4. Use a facemask. Every Sunday night I set aside some time to use my GloPro and a facemask. It helps me to feel like I am starting the week with a fresh face and I always feel refreshed afterwards. I am currently obsessed with this facemask. I also really like these cheaper options from Sephora (the avocado one in particular has worked wonders on my face this winter).

5. Listen to your favorite band or song on repeat. How often do you actually get to listen to music that you want to listen to? I know that my husband and I are always fighting over what song to play on the radio. One of my favorite things to do while getting ready every morning is to turn on my favorite songs. I immediately get in a better mood and feel like I did something I wanted to do.

6. Grab a fancy soda from a drive-through. One of my favorite things to do is drive to Swig and grab a Dirty Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. I know diet soda (or any soda) isn't the healthiest thing for you but for some reason getting a drink with a straw that has pebble ice just makes the world better. I always feel like I'm treating myself and it doesn't strain my wallet. Bonus points if you can grab one with a friend.

7. Walk through Target with a Starbucks. Did you know that Target has a cupholder on most of their carts? One of my favorite things to do is walk through Target with a Chai Tea Latte and just browse the shelves. I don't even have to buy anything to feel like I took some me time.

8. Take 30 minutes to exercise. This one is hard for me right now because Harper is still not sleeping well and I am up several times a night with her. I know though that when I start working out again I will feel better about myself and it will make me feel like I am doing something to better myself.

9. Unplug from social media. I love Facebook and Instagram but neither are healthy in large amounts.  There are so many studies that show that people generally are more dissatisfied with their life after being on social media for extended periods of time. Seeing everyone's highlight reel can make you feel like you are falling short in your own life. It's so important to step away periodically so you can rebalance yourself and realize all the blessings you have in your life.

10. Don't be afraid to turn down an invitation. Honestly one of the best things you can do for yourself is to say no every once in a while to social invitations. Sometimes its just going to be better for you to work out, or take that hot bath, instead of going out with friends. Don't feel guilty for needing time by yourself.

Hopefully these gave you some ideas for how to take some time for yourself! Happy Wednesday!

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