This year I promised myself I would live my best life and focus less on stress and more on making my happiness a priority. Self-care is an important way I unwind and focus on doing the things that bring me joy. Valentine’s Day has been known as a couple’s day, but lately, more women are choosing to celebrate loving themselves as well and I am here for it! Whether you’re single or not, be sure to set aside some time in the day to go the extra mile for yourself.
Self-care can be anything you want it to be. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean going out and spending a ton of money, but if shopping, or getting a facial makes you happy, go for it. Just make sure to be financially responsible while doing it. Whatever activities make you happy and/or aid in your growth and self-development are the things to focus on.
Here are a few of things I love to do when I need to take care of myself. Get inspired, try a few of my ideas and see for yourself how good you feel afterward. Also, keep in mind most of these I do on a weekly, if not daily basis. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion just for you to be kind and loving to your mind, body, and soul.
My Self-Care Practice
Practicing yoga has introduced me to a side of mental clarity and serenity that I had never discovered before within myself. One of my goals this year is to make sure I do yoga at least twice a week. I usually take classes at my gym, but with my school schedule, it’s a little difficult sometimes. Instead, I either look up videos on YouTube, find local studios or just do my own thing. With the endless amount of options available on the internet especially, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to partake in such an essential activity. During my practice, I like to set the mood with Classical Music and my Aromatherapy Diffuser. My favorite essential oils at the moment are lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. The combination of the music and the aromas help me to relax and unwind.
This year I am also challenging myself to read a different book every month. It may not seem like a lot, but I’ve always been that girl who buys multiple books, only to start them but never finish. One of my favorite places to go to is Barnes & Noble, I could easily spend hours in there. But, instead of buying 12 completely new books, I’ll be reading all the books I’ve gotten over the years and haven’t finished. Some of those include Year of Yes by Shonda Rhines, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero, and Own Your Glow by Latham Thomas, just to name a few. I plan on going into more detail about these books in another post coming up.
You can never stop learning. Why not add feeding your mind into your self-care routine? Whether the books are informative or just interesting fiction, enjoy some quiet time to expand your knowledge.
I’ve always been a natural born creative, I guess you could say it’s genetics. My dad is a super talented artist and we actually have a few of his pieces up around the house. In school, my favorite classes were always art and ceramics. I love learning about new techniques and creating different forms of art. Lately, my favorites have been watercolor painting and coloring in “adult coloring books”. Graphic design and hand lettering are also on my list of skills to acquire in the near future.
I can’t believe I have been sleeping on podcasts my entire life! Up until about six months ago, I never had any interest in listening and just thought the app was a waste of space. Wow was I wrong! I am so obsessed now and probably listen to podcasts more than I do music. I plan on dedicating an entire post to my favorite podcasts because I love them so much. My saved shows range from holistic wellness to skin care and even spooky documentaries and they’re all so instructive! I feel like I’ve discovered a new way to learn on-the-go. Be on the lookout for that post, I promise you’ll be hooked too.
I must admit I’m a bit of a journal hoarder, I just can’t help myself. Well not in the gross, creepy way, but more like the cute, collector kind..lol. I usually find really cute ones from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, and they’re pretty inexpensive too. One of the ways I like to clear my head is by putting my pen to paper. I’ve never really been one to share my feelings out loud, so this works perfectly for me. If I’m having a bad day or something crazy happened in my dream, I write it all down. Someday I’d love to just look back into that journal to get an idea of what was happening at that time in my life.
If you’re anything like me, or just love writing for fun, treat yourself to a nice journal (doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive) and a good pen (I love good ol’ Pilot Pens, but when I want to be a little fancy, I use colored pens as well)! When you’re feeling stressed and feel like you have no one to talk to, write it down. If you had an amazing day, write it down. Don’t be afraid to just be completely your vulnerable self and let it all out. Afterall, no one else has to read it unless you give them permission to.
These are a handful of activities I like to do as part of my self-care routine. I hope this inspires you to take better care of yourself and your happiness.
Have a happy and safe Valentine’s Day filled with self-love, partner love and all other kinds of love!
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Outfit Details: Sweater-H&M; Jeans-Bebe; Sandals- Target