Hi there! I’m thrilled to be linking up with Erika and Shay for this monthly party. This is where we share how we…. Then we get to learn from each other. This month’s topic is “How We Take Care of Ourselves.” What does self-care mean to you? Here’s what it means to me… let’s jump right in.
It’s so interesting, one of my friends was just telling me that I should do a post just like this. There are lots of ways that we should take care of ourselves. I can’t say I’ve got them all covered, but I am getting better. Moreover, I am not afraid of taking time for myself ~ even when my boys were very young. If we don’t take care of ourselves we will have nothing to give to those we love. We’ve got to feel good in order to take care of others. Here’s what I think of when asked about self-care.
First up, I want to talk about skin care. If we don’t like what we see in the mirror, we are not likely to be very happy people. I’m not talking about being vain. I just want to feel good about me. That means I have to take care of myself.
I have long been a believer in taking care of your skin. It goes back to my teenage years with breakouts…that followed me into adulthood. I’m just one of those lucky people who have sensitive skin and is prone to break out.
These days, I’m using these cleansers that I got from my dermatologist. I use the Obagi C Cleanser at night. It removes all my makeup and I don’t feel like it dries my face out. You can find this at most any dermatologist or here. I use the Skin Media foaming cleanser in the morning mostly. I like this one. It is a little gentler on my skin. I think it smells good too.
I wash my face twice a day using my Clarisonic, which I love. It might be the best gift I ever received. I feel like it gets my face totally clean and does a bit of exfoliating at the same time. Also, this was something my dermatologist recommended to me and suggested that it would also help fight signs of aging.#antiagingandIamin . You can have one in two quick days by clicking here.
Once or twice a week, I add this exfoliant. It’s just another way to get the dead skin off and allow my moisturizer and serum to really get into my skin.
Finally, I recently shared this device that I picked up. You can read all about it here. It’s like a mico derm at home. Now, I realize that there are more advanced things you can do in your doctor’s office. Chemical peels, hydro-facials, micro needling. However, this is something I can do at home and it gets the dead skin off. ( I guess I do a lot of exfoliating.) Once a week or so I pull this out and use it before I moisturize at night. I LOVE it, honestly.
Moving on, I believe that part of taking care of myself must include taking care of my body. One way I try to take care of myself is by keeping active. At least for as long as I have had kids, working out has been a constant in my life. It’s a great stress reliever, it’s good for my heart, and it makes me feel better. I have had gym memberships, personal trainers, tried boot camp, and loved going to cycle class. However, the one thing that has been so easy to fit into my schedule no matter what are home workouts. I’m currently loving this set of DVDs.
If I don’t go through one of these workouts or a yoga workout, I will head outside for a walk. The fresh air helps clear my head and I always feel refreshed when I get home. Isn’t that funny? Even when I think I’m too tired, if I just do it, I end up with more energy.
I’m not sure if this is the right category to put this in… I’m talking about time I spend to work on me. This year I am determined to increase my prayer time. I wanted to really build it into my daily routine. So, I’ve been using a Bible app on my phone to spend a few minutes each morning in the Word of God. I feel like just those few minutes help keep my mind focused on the right things.
On the one hand I am kind of embarrassed to tell you that it is hard for me to give God a few minutes of my time. However, on the other hand, maybe you are a little like me. You have great intentions of working on your relationship with God, but have a difficult time actually doing it. Life seems to get in the way. So, maybe this can help you too. It’s not much really, but it’s a good solid start and I hope it will evolve into more.
Another thing I’ve been working on is taking a few minutes to reflect on all that I have in my life for which to be grateful. Again, I found an app that I use each night before I pick up my book to read. I take a minute to write my thoughts for the day and then sit my phone on its charger. Easy peasy. I think this practice is really making a difference in my overall attitude. But more on that later.
In the past I’ve wanted to actually write these things in a journal. However, the truth of my life is that I start off good, and then fade. By using an app on my phone it feels so easy to do. I don’t have to gather supplies or sit down to write ~ it’s infinitely easy to fit this into my day. And if you have trouble remembering, you can even set an alarm on your phone. I think this system sets me up to win.
Well friends, I hope this gives you an idea for how you can fit a little self-care into your day. I know it’s not easy, but you have to believe that you are worth the time. Ultimately it makes me feel better, more balanced, and happier. So, what’s your idea of self-care? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
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Until next time ~