Self-care is often spoken about as related to beauty.
Run a bath for yourself. Go get your nails done. Schedule a massage.
Which - for someone who loves pampering like myself - sounds lovely, but what if beauty isn’t your thing? One would argue that a gal or guy getting their nails done won’t necessarily make them feel cared for.
Here are the self-care practices that I’ve found unrelated to a new skincare routine.
Get a glass of wine with your friends. Find the people in your life who uplift you, who see you - good, bad, pretty, and ugly. For me, those people are my best friends Mallory, Sarah, and Erika. Find your people, and pour a glass. You don’t even need to leave your apartment. Sometimes, my friends and I will have a wine date over FaceTime. Make time for those people and schedule them into your weeks.
A good playlist. Music is such a game changer when a moment for yourself is necessary. Throw in your headphones, and zone in. Make a playlist on iTunes or Spotify that lights you on fire or makes you want to get up and dance.
Step outside. If the weather suits you, step outside and turn your phone on Do Not Disturb. Take a moment, be present and listen to the sounds around you - the birds, the wind, even the traffic. Nature is a funny thing. As human beings, we innately connect to it (allergies and all). Even better, pack a lunch and head to a park nearby on your lunch break. Soak in the Vitamin D and take a walk.
Move your body. This is such a cliche, but it’s extremely true. You will feel better once you help to get your blood flowing. Find something you look forward to doing - reformer pilates, SoulCycle, Pure Barre, you name it - and get in a good sweat, and leave your phone outside of the studio.
Clean up your physical environment. What you see in your surroundings can directly impact your mood and stress levels. It can be difficult to do your best work when the first thing you see around you is a mess. Set your phone timer for twenty minutes and declutter. I always recommend beginning with your nightstand - it’s the first surface you see everyday.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?