If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that self-care is very important to me. Self-care isn’t a selfish act. It’s just you simply putting into yourself. As women, we tend to put so much into others before ourselves: children, careers, husbands, in-laws, friends, etc but where does self-care fit in? Think about it, if you’re no good to you, how could you be good to others and the obligations we have? You have to take care of you, first, if not, you’ll get burnt out and sometimes that leads to other health issues. Sort of like filling up your own cup and allowing the rest to overflow to others. Let’s stop making excuses and saying that we don’t have time, but in all actuality, we make time for the things we find important. Shouldn’t self-care be one of those things? Start by implementing at least two things into your self-care regimen and then add more as you grow and get to know yourself.
Here are a few things I do for self-care:
Taking a social media break can be hard if you run your business solely based on social media but I find it necessary for your mental health. This year, I took two months off from social media by deleting the Instagram app and it was one of the best things I could’ve ever done for myself. Two years ago I took a month off, catch up on that here. This year I didn’t post on social from July 2- Sep 2. During that time, I was focused on getting this blog back up and running. I traveled to DC with my mom and a women’s retreat. Check out both trips here and here. I worked out. I read books and I spent time with family without pulling out my phone. I was very intentional about being present.
Treat yourself to something
Self-care doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend a lot of money on yourself to feel good about yourself. One of the things that I do to treat myself is, I purchase flowers for myself along with sushi bowls. I purchase flowers from a local grocery store and there’s usually a sale 3 for $12 and the sushi bowl are usually $10. I love to wake up and see fresh flowers in my room, living room, and kitchen. I also love sushi so purchasing an entire bowl puts a smile on my face.
Working out is so important for your health. It’s not about just looking good on the outside but feeling good as well. I have a gym membership and I do my best to work out at least 4-5 days a week. I wasn’t always this person who would go to the gym but once I started noticing the change in my body, how much energy I had during the day and how focused it made me. I added it to my self-care regimen.
As cliché’ as it may sound, mediating is very important to maintain self-care. Nearly every successful person talks about how they’ve implemented meditation into their lifestyle. I tend to enjoy meditating in the morning before I get out of bed. I like to center my thoughts and be still for about 10 minutes. During this time, my phone is on silent and I’m focusing on my breathing. I have two apps on my phone that helps me with meditation which is Headspace (LINK) and Insight Timer (LINK)
If there’s something you want to create, you have to research. Reading falls in line with self-care because you’re actually investing the time and knowledge to create something. You’re taking the necessary steps now to care for your future. I tend to read different genres from self-help to business. I am a big fan of audible books and podcasts.
Manicures + Pedicures
I’ve been doing my own manicures and pedicures since 2009. I haven’t worn false nails since then because I just wanted to take care of my natural nails. I care about the look of my hands and I noticed my nail bed was becoming extremely weak because of the constant drilling and filing. I made the decision to just stop, cold turkey and paint my nails myself. Over the years, I’ve collected lots of different nail polishes and now I treat myself to a new mani at least once or twice a week. It saves me money and time and my nails come out really nice if not better than the nail salon. I love to pamper myself so doing my nails allows me that time to put into myself.