Hi ya’ll! Over the last couple weeks I have shared my thoughts on self love, body image, embracing weakness, comparing your progress with others and so much more. I think it’s so important to be transparent in our feelings regarding these topics and speak the truth.
A huge part of self love is loving yourself enough to take care of it. I think as women (mothers especially) we often put our needs on the back burner and spend so much of our time giving to others. Sometimes this means we feel a bit guilty neglecting something else and tending to ourselves. I think that’s all backwards.
If we don’t take care of ourselves then we won’t have much to give to everyone else. We have to be willing to take time for ourselves without feeling guilty or selfish. #treatyoself
I think lounging all day at a spa sounds lovely, but that’s not realistic for most of us. Pampering yourself doesn’t have to be elaborate, take lots of time or be expensive. We just need to figure out what works for us, makes us happy and allows us to balance life’s responsibilities.
Face Mask: This is spa like, doesn’t take much time and you can make your own. I mix coffee grounds, sugar and coconut oil into a paste then let it sit on my skin for up to a half hour while I do house chores. It always feels like an indulgence, but is so easy.
10 Minutes: Take 10 minutes to do something that you enjoy. Do some yoga, garden, go for a walk or read. You will surprised how long 10 minutes can actually feel when you just hit pause. It’s also a lot easier to justify 10 minutes even on really busy days.
Burn A Candle: Sometimes just burning a candle at night makes the evening feel special and cozy. This is obviously ideal during the winter months, but is still nice year round. I find that my mood changes because this is a simple joy.
Create a Wind Down Routine: I’ve talked about this before, but to me it is the best part of my day. I like to relax with yoga, a hot bath, a good read and then journal. I don’t always have time for everything, but even just taking 10-15 minutes to get ready for bed feels like a treat. It’s time when I get to do something for me.
Meet Up with a Friend: Catching up with a friend is a great way to rejuvenate who you are as a woman and not who you are as a spouse/mom. You can just be yourself and that is always enough.
Declutter: This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s not. If you take the time to declutter your house you are actually treating yourself in the end. Less stuff = Less housework = Less stress.
SSB Time: If you watch Sex and the City, then you are familiar with SSB (Secret Single Behavior) and how amazing it is. It’s not scandalous just good old fashioned quality me time. My SSB time includes watching a movie, snuggled up with my dog while eating ice cream by candlelight. It’s the stuff I used to do before the Mr. and I started living together. When he is away for work travel or when I just need some time, it’s what I do.
Even if it’s just something small, it’s worth it. You have to make time for yourself and take care of yourself.
Don’t feel shame about doing something for just you! You are important!
How do you treat yourself?