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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Self Care Sunday

Have you ever heard of Self Care Sunday before?  I hadn't either until recently, its similar to Meatless Monday or Taco Tuesday (jk on this one).  But I recently heard about this and I really like the idea.  It's nice to on Sunday night unwind a little bit and know that going into Monday you are recharged and refreshed.

I have come up with a list of things you may want on your Sunday Night! Ps. turning my phone on Do Not Disturb is really helpful to me

  • Color/Draw/Paint
  • Exercise, especially loving yoga
  • Volunteer
  • Play a game
  • Paint your nails
  • Read a book 
  • Call a friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Hang out with your animals 
  • Plan your week out (set some goals, figure out your schedule, get your lists together)
  • Take a bath
  • Clean out your social media with people that no longer make you happy or inspired 
  • Clean up - Declutter
  • Meditate
  • Catch up on your favorite show
  • Make your favorite drink; tea, coffee, wine ;)

Whatever calms you, eases your mind and gets you ready for the week, you should do more of that! So tell me what are some of your favorite things to do on a Sunday! Do you have a routine or ritutal? 

Here are some of my favorite things for Self Care Sunday:

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Word of the Year

So I kept seeing all around Facebook and Instagram about people picking a word to represent what they are focusing on this year.  And at first I thought thats so silly, a word really? But then I thought about it more because I wondered what my word would be. 

I believe in goals, specifically setting intentions when it comes to your lifestyle so I took a day, well maybe more to think of a word.  I knew my resolutions about a healthier lifestyle, communicating more, taking time for myself and being more productive with my time.

So  I picked the word ... Present.  

word of the year 2017 present

One thing I have found recently, is Im not great with my time.  For instance, I sit down to write a post (that I have all prepared) and I check Instagram, Facebook, respond to emails and then watch 37 episodes of Netflix.  Then when I go to sit down for Netflix Im thinking about how I really should write a post. 

I want to be more present with my time so I don't feel constantly behind and I enjoy my time more.  I don't want to be worrying about all the things I have to do when Im spending time with loved ones.  So I hope by being more productive with my time I can be more present.  

I know that some people pick the word present because they want to be more in the moment which I do too but I'd also like to just worry less.  And I think this is a nice challenging and rewarding solution.

So tell me! Whats your word?!

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Can you believe Holiday season is among us? I sure can't, I head out to Florida on Friday to spend Christmas with my parents but its pretty chilly here in Ohio.  One of my favorite parts of Christmas is opening our stockings.  It is usually filled with little useful or very silly things.  Things my mom included are usually; chapstick, water bottle cleaners, lint rollers, mail polish and a mini calendar.  So I've rounded up a list of small things that are perfect for stocking stuffers or even your friends! 

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Stocking Stuffers under $25

One // Two // Three // Four // Five // Six // Seven // Eight // Nine

My mom has gotten me the pamper pack and its so cute, including mask for your face and hair, foot cream and eye patches!

UT Wire UTW-PK02-BK Pocket Mobile Charger Case Pouch, Black - Number 2 is a cord accessory pack, perfect for traveling!

I love the combo of a coffee mug, bath bomb and a cute nail polish (this is my favorite nail polish)!

I also got Henry a Corkcicle tumbler for Christmas and they are so nice! They are spill free, keep you liquids warm or cold.  Only downside is you can't put it through the dishwasher. But I'm okay with that! 

This "No Coffee No Workee" sign is cute for an office space.  

I also love some hand cream and this cute ornament of moroccan oil for your hair. 

Some are big items but most are small little things that can fit in a small box.  And all items are under $30! Music to my ears! 

 

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What are some little items that you either love to give or recive during the holidays?!

DISCLAIMER: This post was not sponsored. The links may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. This helps support the blog and allows us to continue to make post like this. Thank you for the support!