During these crazy times where the world seems to have turned itself on its head; it’s more important now more than ever that we take time for ourselves to reset and recharge our batteries. It’s important we take time for our mental health because we cannot help others if we do not first help ourselves.
Self-care takes many forms; it can be adding something a bit extra to your skin care or bath time ritual, treating yourself to a spa day, keeping a journal or even taking some time for meditation or self-reflection. While I love to pamper myself with skincare or makeup. Today I wanted to share with you some ways that I like to give myself some mental self-care boosts. 😊
1. Reading 📖 – I absolutely love to read! My favorite types of books are sci-fi or fantasy/adventure novels; they allow me to decompress and escape reality for the moment. I find the more engrossed I am with the book, the more I let the worries and stresses of life ease away for that moment in time. I try to read at least for an hour or two before bedtime to relax myself. For an added self-care measure I like to add some relaxing eye patches to help take any additional stress of the day away. Two of my personal favorites are the Grace & Stella or Pixi Beauty FortifEYE eye patches. My daughters will also give me a cuddly friend to snuggle with during my reading time.
2. Experiencing Nature 🌲 🐿– If you live in an area that has wonderful nature areas to explore, it is a must to get some fresh air and Vitamin D! For me just being outside gives me a sense of peace. I live in a city where the river runs right through downtown. I love to take my kayak out and paddle as far as I can go. Replacing the sounds of the city with the sounds of nature is so refreshing for the soul.
3. Yoga/Meditation 🧘♀️ – If I don’t have the ability to escape into nature; I love to practice my yoga and meditation on my back patio with a cup of coffee. I usually prefer the quiet weekend mornings before the rest of my family wakes up. The early morning birds chirping and the sun on my face as I practice my sun salutations and warrior poses brings me a sense of calm. Sometimes my oldest daughter will join me in practice which can make for some funny moments. Laughter is great for the soul.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the ways I like to relax, reset and refresh. Everyone has different ways to show themselves care. How do you love to show yourself self-care?