First of all, self-care is not selfish. These things are NOT guilty pleasures. Sure, maybe they are pleasures in your life but you should never feel guilty about them. Nor should you feel guilty about any sort of self-care. These are the self-care habits I swear by that I think are important for everyone to do.
Self-Care Habits I Swear By
A good skincare routine: I shudder to think of the times in my 20s I went to bed with makeup on and didn’t bother to wash it off or wash my face. Ugh gross. About 6 years ago I started to get really into skincare and focus on my skin’s needs. Since then I have religiously (even when I was in the hospital post-c-sections) done my skincare routine morning and night. My most recent skincare routine is linked here. Updated routine coming soon but it’s mostly the same.
Taking time for yourself first thing: I try to wake up before my kids as much as I can. Some days I do my workout or walk with friends. Some days I just read with my coffee. Some days it’s just enough time to do my skincare routine without a baby on my hip. I think taking a few minutes for yourself every morning is just the thing to start your day on a non rushed note.
Finding a workout you love: It took me years to figure out that my favorite workout was barre. I tried spin, kickboxing, all sorts of things. Sure there are other workouts I enjoy: yoga, Pilates, cardio, swimming. But barre has my heart. Finding a workout you love makes you really look forward to workouts.
Reading: This may not be for everyone as I know not everyone loves reading for fun. I am a big fan of it. When we take vacations (without our kids) one thing I look forward to is the chance to read for hours uninterrupted. I try to read 30-60 minutes each day.
Connecting with your loved ones: I wrote an entire post about connecting with loved ones during this uncertain time. I think being able to connect with loved ones is a huge form of self-care. The other night I chatted on the phone with my mom for an hour. About just random stuff: politics, TV, marriage, etc. I see her several times a week and we live less than 10 minutes from each other but talking on the phone is one of our favorite things.
Having a tidy space: Again, this may be a personal preference. I love having a clean space. I am one of those people who can’t go to sleep unless things are in their spot. I will never have a dish left out in the sink overnight, etc. To me, cleaning and organizing are self-care.
Hygiene: I remember when I was pregnant and people would say “enjoy those showers.” As if once you have kids you can’t shower. I have never missed a day of showering. Tweezing my eyebrows, shaving my legs, making sure you are taking care of yourself first is so important.
I want to reiterate that self-care is NOT selfish or something you ever should feel guilty about. You have to put yourself first sometimes and there’s nothing wrong with that.
What self-care habits do YOU swear by?