Practical Self Care

Hi Friends, I hope that you’re having a great week! Henry and I have been consistently busy since about May I’d say and its been so draining. Don’t get me wrong its a lot of good stuff! But doesn’t mean it doesn’t wear you down. I am finding that self care, practical self care when you’re short on time is super important. So here’s a list of something I’ve been doing recently! I will be sure to link all my favorite products!

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Self Care 101:

Pick up - Picking up my apartment always helps to destress me! It helps to clear my mind and I instantly feel better. It’s also something I have control over and can see results right away.

Write down a list - Whether its what you grateful for, to do list, or things bothering you. Getting it down on paper helps. I feel like it makes the things swirling in my head a lot less scary. I like this journal a lot too since it has quotes but a lot of empty space for me to write whatever.

Meditation - I use to think meditation sounded stupid but even if you can’t do it “well” it forces you to sit down and take a few minutes to yourself. I like the app Simple Habit its mostly free!

Basic Pampering:

DIY Face mask: I tried some of these from Buzzfeed, and I really liked them because they were items I had around the house! Here is something for every skin type:

  1. Hydrating - Ground oats, coconut oil, honey

  2. Exfoliating - Coffee grounds, cocoa powder, coconut oil

  3. Soothing - Pumpkin, brown sugar, water, vitamin e oil

  4. Rejuvenating - Greek yogurt, honey, matcha powder

  5. Acne - Turmeric, honey, coconut oil

You can find the recipes here. The acne one is here. And if you don’t have time to make these here are some of my favorite sheet masks for acne, brightening, and soothing.

Dry Brushing - This is where you take a body brush and literally brush you skin, I love it because I feel like all the dead skin is getting off and it helps circulation. Story is it helps with cellulite but I won’t speak to that because I have no idea. I love doing this because its pretty gentle then I take a bath and slather lotion on I feel like my skin soaks it up even better! Here is my dry brush!

Bubble Bath & a glass of wine - Because duh, I can’t wait to get this bath caddy off our registry to.

It’s the little things:

Take a hike - I think that walks and getting outside help, but I find hikes are even better. I can’t check my phone when Im hiking because I need to pay attention to where Im going and can really soak in nature. Connecting with the outside and fresh air I think always does the body good!

Call a friend - When we get busy it’s hard to nurture those relationships and friends are the best for venting or just making us laugh. So while your running errands give you friend a call on your next drive!

Read a book or magazine - You don’t need to delve into a huge book even a magazine will do something to take your mind elsewhere and not worry about all your to-do’s.

Take a nap - There’s no shame in that game. Sometimes you just need to let your body recharge, and you’ll wake up feeling so much better.

Treat yourself to something small - I’d say under $20. I find sometimes when Im stress I think I deserve all these things and it adds up. Or I drink every latte I can! It will be more of a treat if it’s a one time thing not a crutch.

Try something new - It doesn’t have to be something life altering but changing up your routine helps to feel like you aren’t constantly working.

Essential Oils or Candle - Lighting your favorite candle helps me to relax but essential oils really help especially rollers like this one.

Bake - I never bake, Im always cooking. So when I bake something, it feels like a real treat to me. Now I try not to eat everything and give some away but I do love some good chocolate chips and Joanna’s recipe is pretty good!

You do what you need to to feel better! Pushing yourself helps no one in the long run. Thats what I been learning, so slow down and take some things off your plate!

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At Home Spa Day

Some days you just need to relax, and Im not just talking about a face mask here and there. I love the days that I have just about an hour to pamper myself so I wanted to share my routine and some of my favorite products. In the bottom of this post I have two playlist I listen to.  And this is the candle I can't stop burning! 

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self care spa day at home

First I like to dry brush, I've heard that this is really good for circulation and it just gets the top layer of skin off.  The brush I like to use is this one:

Before I get in the tub I usually deep clean my face with my face wash and this padI put aside a large bowl of water thats pretty hot just let my face take in the steam. I like to put some tea tree oil in the water to calm my skin. The face mask Im loving but I also am liking this recently this small packet from sephora. That mask is fun because its small and easy to travel with.

Then I like to soak in the tub with some Epsom salt and essential oils (my favorite), with my face mask on. This is a scrub I use at the end of my bath.  Follow up by this moisturizer, this is a heavy duty one.  For a lighter one I like this spray.

If Im feeling really crazy I like to do this hair mask.

After Ive dried off and Im wrapped in my fuzzy robe, seriously its so fuzzy, I like to pull out some magazines or turn on netflix and do my nails.

For my nails, I usually get warm water and soak my nails so I can get the cuticles off. Then I use this tool to to shine and buff them.  I get a lot of ridges on my finger nails and this helps to smooth them out.  These are the colors Ive been lLOVING recently especially with fall coming up. 

Here are some of the products I mentioned, and below are playlist I like to listen to. 

Here are some of the playlist I listen to while Im doing this! One really makes you feel like your at a spa the other helps me to relax and sing along! 

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