You get home from work and you are exhausted, you can barely move, not because you are physically exhausted, but because you cannot mentally process one more thought or feeling. You retire to the couch and try to regain the feeling in your brain. You begin to give yourself your daily pep-talk and somehow con yourself into maybeee emptying the dishwasher, folding some laundry and you should probably feed your dog. Oh yeah, what are you gonna eat? You still have to make dinner. By the time you are done it is 8:30pm. You drag yourself up to the shower. Once you come out you climb in bed with your towel, too tired to even put on pajamas.
Sound familiar to anyone? This used to be my daily routine. I wouldn’t even call it living, it was more like existing. My “survival mode” switch flipped on and I was really down to just being able to perform tasks that would allow me to survive to the next day. After A LOT of work, mindset changes, attitude changes, and working with someone to help me, I have been able to turn my life around so I can actually live it and not just exist on this earth. Please do not misunderstand, there are still those days, and my life and I are far from perfect but I am now in a much better place. After recently experiencing a seasonal cold, it sort of reignited my passion for the importance of self care. Without your health (mental, physical and emotional) what do you really have? It is vital that you schedule time, incorporate into your routine, and find different ways to implement self care in your life. Below are a couple of ideas that help me refocus and recharge, ready to take on the next day.
1. Read a book
Whenever I am suffering from more anxiety than normal, or my thoughts are running through my mind so fast that it is actually debilitating…I like to get lost in a book. It is an acceptable way to escape your daily life and go into another world. I love the peace and tranquility reading can bring me. Am I the only one that has to turn the tv on in order to read a book? The silence is deafening and turns into a distraction. Currently in the process of reading This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
2. Put on a face mask
Why can this be so challenging sometimes? You know you don’t have to really do anything when you have a face mask on, you just let it sit there while you do other things. You can read, work on emails, watch tv, fold some laundry all while improving your skin. It seems like a no brainer, but up until lately I have always felt like the application was a burden. I have begun to incorporate masks into my weekly routine and my skin and I can tell the difference!
3. Take a bath
Ok, so this one is like a once a weeker or a couple times a month. If you have time for a luxurious bubble bath every night, then I need to know how you make that happen. Baths are something I have to practice. It can be a little difficult for me to sit there and not really do anything for 20 minutes. I like to turn tranquil spa music on and just meditate but like I said, it can be hard with all the thoughts racing through my mind. The more you practice, the better you are at it.
4. Have a cup of tea
Whenever I need a little break, I make myself a cup of tea. If I am winding down for bed, I like to drink chamomile or something herbal, without caffeine. Sometimes you just need a little break in the middle of the day to reset and recharge to tackle the rest of the day, taking some time out for a cup of tea is the perfect way to accomplish this.
5. Aroma therapy
I absolutely love essential oils. The minute I smell an essential oil, it immediately calms me down. I love adding them to my bath. Or putting them in a diffuser. If you don’t have a diffuser or don’t want to mess with one, sometimes I put several drops on a wash cloth and lay it across my chest. Lavender is my favorite and it does the trick in putting me right to sleep.
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