We’ve been hearing for quite some time about how important self care is. Unfortunately, we as women are typically great at taking care of everyone else, and not so good at taking care of ourselves. One of my focuses for 2018 is wellness, and self care is a big part of wellness.
There are lots of ways you can practice self care. Some, of course, can be expensive, like a trip to the spa. But there a lot of things you can do at home that don’t cost a lot.
I love baths. I take one in the morning and one at night (unless I am washing my hair). But generally they are get in, get clean, get out and get on with my day. That isn’t what I am talking about here. Run a nice hot bath, use some bath salts, maybe dim the lights and light a candle. Use it as a time to unwind and recharge. Spend a little time soaking and relaxing.
Maybe you can’t spend the money to go to a spa, but you can do some pampering at home. Do a face mask (I love this one), a hair mask, give yourself a mani / pedi. Do something that makes you feel good!
Reading is really relaxing for me. I love to get in bed early with a good book. (Suggestion – check out The Last Mrs. Parrish … I just finished it. Couldn’t put it down! Review coming soon). If that isn’t your thing, pick something that you enjoy and is relaxing and make it part of your routine. Maybe you love a good crossword puzzle – spend 20 minutes a night working on one. If you love watching true crime shows, maybe you get on the couch and spend a little time doing that. Watching tv may not sound like self care, but if it is something that you enjoy and it is relaxing and recharging for you, then I say it counts.
Meditating can be a great way to refocus and recharge. I am not a meditator (even though I am a yoga teacher). My brain is always in overdrive, and I have never been able to shut it off. But I have thought about trying the app Headspace. I have heard it is great for meditation. If you struggle with meditation, maybe give it a try. And if you use it, let me know what you think! If meditation isn’t working for you, maybe you could try journaling instead.
Sleep – my favorite thing. I love to sleep. It is the best way to recharge and reset. And I don’t mean just regular sleep. Go to bed early, maybe skip going out on a Friday or Saturday night. Crawl in the bed, relax, spend some time reading or watching a favorite movie, maybe put on a sleep mask and then sleep. Don’t set an alarm the next morning. Sleep until you wake up.
January Wellness Check-In
In my January wellness post, I challenged you and myself to set one wellness goal for the month – something that wasn’t crazy that you could achieve. How did you do?
My one wellness goal was to do something. I haven’t been able to work out due to an injury, so my goal was to get moving a little bit again. Unfortunately I battled the flu most of the month, which was terrible. The lingering, crippling exhaustion made it almost impossible for me to do much of anything beyond what I absolutely had to do. At the end of the month, I was able to do a couple of short walks (like 15 minutes), and my at home arm and at home ab workouts a few times. I also did lots and lots of stretching.
This month, my challenge to you (and myself) is to practice a little self care. Take a little bit of time and spend it on yourself, whether it is 10 minutes a day, or maybe an hour on the weekend.
If you want more about my personal wellness, I am posting a little about my fitness & meals (and anything else) on my Instagram stories (@nikkihodum). I’d love for you to follow along!
So now tell me – how do you practice self care? And how did your January goal go?