Who else has had a rough go this winter? Maybe it’s the lockdown/persistent pandemic. Or maybe it’s just winter, or it is a combination of both, but I have found this winter difficult. I’d be a liar if I said that my self care routine was always on par. As a matter of fact, since I had my daughter self care has sort of dropped off a bit. And this can be true for a lot of moms.
Then 2020 hits and so does a global pandemic, and self care basically didn’t exist. The truth is that when Ontario went into lockdown, I sort of gave up, and stopped my self-care routine. After all, what was the point? Then I had a rude awakening in the form of a hospital stay, and I realized that if I took better care of myself, just maybe I would start to feel better. So, I promised myself that I would add these 7 activities to my self care routine.
- Spend More Time Grooming
- Get Dressed Like You’re Going Out
- Eat Healthy Stuff for Ultimate Self Care
- Do One Thing That You Love
- Get Active for Physical and Mental Self Care
- Do Less and Self Care More
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Spend More Time Grooming
There was a time in my life when I would put all kinds of effort into myself. I mean, I would put on makeup, wear high-heels, and do my hair. Then, I had a baby, and some of that dropped off. I remembered that those little things had made such a big difference in my confidence level. Furthermore, I recognized that I hadn’t felt good about myself for a long time postpartum. Reflecting on this, I decided that maybe if I looked good I would feel good, and I needed to put in a daily effort.
Do you know what difference 15-20 minutes in the day can make? Well, it can make a world of difference. That statement is especially true if you take these 15-20 minutes every day! Over the days you start to feel better and better, and it usually all starts by washing your face, and putting on some makeup.
On that note, I have even got into this whole “shape your eyebrows” thing, which is way harder than it looks! I thought it would be pretty easy, but I guess I am really out of practice. Not sure where I should start with this new skill, I picked up some Revlon® Brow Fantasy, and Colourstay Brow Creator – You can click the links to see what I mean. Honestly, I have found a new love in makeup. In all seriousness, I would have never guessed that you could have so much fun colouring in eyebrows.
To sum up, it isn’t the makeup that gives you the boost. My opinion is, it’s the time spent with yourself, with makeup and hair tools, that matters most. Plus, when you look good more than likely you will feel good too – and when you feel good, you look good!
Get Dressed Like You’re Going Out
Maybe it’s the pandemic, or maybe it’s the pandemic – but, I am willing to be there are a few people out there who have spent a couple days in pajamas. Now, I am not saying you should dress like you are about to attend the Grand Gala. What I mean here is to get dressed with purpose every day. You know, put on pants today. If you want to be all fancy maybe find your favourite earrings. My “fancy” earrings are these Kate Spade ones – click on this link – because they make me feel all sophisticated and stuff. I am serious, sometimes it’s really nice to wear your good jewelry and feel all fancy-like, just because.
Eat Healthy Stuff for Ultimate Self Care
Do you know what I think to be the absolute truth about life? It’s that you can only function as good as your body is. That means that if you feed your body crappy food, you are going to preform badly. But, if you give your body the proper nourishment, then you can be on your game. Therefore, if you eat healthily that is the ultimate self care.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when it comes to dinner I just can’t think about what to make. When this sort of stuff happens it is very helpful to have a few healthy cookbooks on hand for inspiration. Another way to be accountable for healthy eating is to have a weekly meal plan, or to keep a food journal. Healthy eating can be achieve, and it is the best self care that you could give you.
Do One Thing That You Love
This blog is living proof that you can do one thing that you love each and every day. The gift of joy in your day is the self care that feeds your soul and brightens your spirit. After you have given yourself the gift of enjoyment in your day, every day, that joy stays around. For me I find that since I started to give myself the space to write everything seemed a little bit brighter. How could it not? If you are doing something that you love, then you are filling your cup, and that is the best self care you can give yourself.
I think another component of this is to keep a gratitude journal, because it is also important to reflect on the really great things that go unnoticed otherwise.
Get Active for Physical and Mental Self Care
Being active may not look like a gym membership, and you may not require ALL those work out clothes. What I mean by activity is to move your body in some way. Not only is the self care you receive from this good for your body, but your mind and mood benefit as well. If you are feeling unmotivated to do anything one day, try to find a physical activity that is both exercise and fun, like a nature hike. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes exercising can feel like a CHORE! It goes without saying that when exercise feels that way, it is really just not fun. So, if you can find a way to make it fun, do that! Also, I am not saying to go for a nature hike every day, but just switch things up a bit.
Do Less and Self Care More
This was a BIG one for me, since I practically have heart palpitations if the towels are folded “the wrong way”. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration. In all seriousness, I am one of those people who have a place for everything and everything in its place. It’s true, I am very particular about things and often take on all of it, which is not healthy, obviously.
Eventually it gets to a point where you just can’t keep going that way. When that happens it’s time to unload the tasks on the plate to someone else’s plate whose is less full. Perfect time for the teenagers to enter the picture and clean up dinner dishes, and a chore chart.
Sure, it’s never done “perfectly”. But at least there is contribution from other family members toward household chores. And biggest surprise of all… I don’t feel half as resentful, or mad, or overwhelmed by chores (not really a surprise – I know). A little bit of contribution by the others in the house goes a long, long way. It is nice to have a household of people who work together, rather then a household of people afraid of the way towels are folded.
The Take Away
I guess there is a reason why it’s so important to make time to take care of your needs. Obviously there is. You know that when you take care of you then you are able to perform better. This goes for all aspects of life. I know when I have purposefully made time for myself, and allowed myself to take breaks, I am a much nicer person. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that my family would agree.