I know how easy it is to neglect self-care, TRUST ME, I do! We spend so much time constantly moving, being busy, and caring for others while forgetting about ourselves in the process. However, if we want to maintain a healthy mood, boost our confidence and self-esteem, manage stress properly, and have a better physical and mental health, then self-care is essential to all of those boxes on our checklist. Self-care can be as simple or complex as you would like it to be, but it’s important to make sure to set some time aside to focus solely on YOU. Read more about my personal top 5 essential self-care practices below!
Now I’m not telling you to meditate for an extreme period of time, especially if you’re new to this. For a while when I first began meditating, it was very difficult for me to sit still for even two to three minutes without my mind wandering off on what I still needed to do for the rest of the day. The whole point of meditating is to let go and clear your mind, even if you have to start small. This has been beneficial for me, because I tend to overthink everything. There are endless benefits to meditation, such as stress reduction, enhanced self-awareness, and it can improve your sleep quality as well. Another great benefit, you can do it ANYWHERE!
Again, this doesn’t mean for you to strain yourself or create some unattainable goal that only makes you want to give up before you really get started. I suggest you start with small goals and work your way up to the larger ones. Things such as walking briskly for 30 minutes a day will really get your blood flowing, and there are many other benefits as well. In my situation, I have a 10 month old baby that likes to pull himself up using any part of my body and just be next to me ALL DAY. Seriously, if I’m out of his sight, AKA in the kitchen where he can’t see me, he will throw a full blown fit. As much as I love Aiden, it’s nice to be able to use my workout time as “Me” time. As a mom, that’s something that I really have learned to value and I’m sure that all you moms can agree. That’s only one of the many benefits that I love about exercising. Physical activity can also help improve your mental health and mood, which is a big one for me, help you control your weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for black people, as well as increase your chances of living longer. I see no downside to even the smallest contribution to this!
I’ve been doing yoga inconsistently for about 4 years. So basically, this is something that I’ve been wanting to get into for a while, but I always made it unnecessarily difficult for myself. I would start the trial membership at some fancy yoga studio, and then once the trial was over, so was my interest in yoga. This wasn’t because I didn’t like it, but more so because my coins didn’t. I actually really enjoyed all of the classes that I’ve attended. Hot yoga was probably my favorite, but honestly, you don’t have to necessarily spend $200 a month to get into yoga. There are plenty of sessions on YouTube for my favorite price: THE FREE! My favorite channel so far has been “Yoga with Adriene.” She has videos ranging from beginner to advanced, and she also creates what I like to call a “series” of videos pertaining to one goal. I’m currently on the “30 Days of Yoga” series, which is beneficial for all my beginners. Some of my favorite yoga benefits include increased flexibility, improved breathing, which helps if you’re a runner or working your way up to that, increased muscle strength, stress reduction, and it also improves your blood pressure.
As I mentioned before, my mind is CONSTANTLY racing. Unfortunately, sometimes that means that I’m always forgetting things. Journaling helps me settle my thoughts, as well as utilize this outlet to express myself. This is very beneficial for me, because it helps to contribute to my creativity. Other benefits include helping me to achieve my goals, reduces stress, improves communication skills, as well invokes healing. For some strange reason, I love using composition books for documenting my thoughts, but you can use almost anything as your journal. I just purchased this nice journal from amazon for about $20. There are even guided journals that you can buy. Trust me guys, you’ll love it!
FIND A GREAT SKIN CARE ROUTINE
It’s something about taking care of my skin that just makes me feel good! I legit have a rule that I don’t like people touching my face. First of all, your hands are the dirtiest things on your body. We’re constantly touching surfaces, objects, ect., and some of you nasties don’t like to wash your hands! I hope you all are at least trying to keep them clean during this pandemic, but let’s make it a habit, people! So anyway, I really have a problem with nasty hands touching my face. I feel bad, but sometimes my husband tries to be sweet and grab my face and I will dodge those hands with the quickness! I don’t know about you, but I love me some clear, glowing skin! My go-to face cleanser is Clean & Clear Morning Burst, and I love using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I’ll also try many different DIY face masks on pinterest, and I just recently began using Thayer’s Witch Hazel as my toner, as well as added an eye cream and official moisturizer to my regimen. I’ve never been the type to wear make-up that often. I always worry about aging skin, and honestly I don’t know what the hell I’m doing! I spent many days looking either casket sharp or like a circus clown! I much rather a natural looking face, so keeping my skin as clear as possible is important.
These are only five of the many self-care practices that are available for you to try. You need to find out what self-care means to you, and figure out a way to start implementing a routine. Yes, we’re all busy and we all have other things to worry about, but you should never neglect to worry about yourself. So, look up self-care practices for your lifestyle and get started today! Personally, I love pinterest!! I get so many great ideas from that platform that go a long way in my own routine. If you already have a routine in place, what are some of your favorite practices? Don’t forget to talk to me in the comment section below ☺️💚