I am seeing on Facebook and Instagram that so many women want to incorporate Self- Care into their New Years resolutions. I’m looking forward to 2020 and the New Year manifesting my wildest-dreams all while learning more about myself and all I am capable of.
I always like to start the year off with putting myself first so I can fill my cup and let the excess overflow to others! It's always so exciting the first few months- The chance to start fresh! To get a new try at whatever it is you wanted to do. Maybe you want to move in a new direction, or maybe you want to improve on something. Maybe you want this to be your best year ever. I feel it! Do you?!
Maybe this year it's not about improving, but just honoring ourselves.
But are you like thousands of other women who are hoping to incorporate some sort of Self-Care into your resolutions?
Do you feel like you need to take a break?
Do you need to get away from it all?
Are you feeling worn out and in need of a week’s sleep?
If you answered yes to any of the above what you really need is a self-care routine!
So, what is self care?
Self-care is the act of carrying out any practice that cares for and nurtures your mind, body and soul. It is when you identify your own needs and you meet them on a regular basis to keep happy, healthy and rested.
What Are The Benefits of Self-Care ?
Decreases stress and overwhelm.
Brings you to the present moment.
Enables you to give more to others.
Helps you to re-focus.
Self-care is a practice that should be part of everyone’s life, including you!
First let me start by saying self-care is not selfish, it is a necessity!
Have you ever heard of the phrase, ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’?
Well, if self-care is not a regular practice for you, then that is exactly what you are doing.
If you are not looking after yourself with self-care, you are not filling up your cup.
Physical self-care is any practice that takes care of your physical body. This is the type of self care that you are probably most familiar with. This type of self-care is anything that supports your physical body and health.
Think of activities like; getting a massage, taking a hot bath, applying a facial mask, taking a nap, having a lovely stretch, getting a manicure , and savoring life!
A Lovely Stretch
The first thing that comes to your mind is probably exercise and diet.
We can practice physical self-care by taking part in regular exercise and eating a wholesome diet.
Our bodies feel rejuvenated when we focus lovingly on its well-being, and nothing brings about a swell of positive emotions like a good, full-bodied stretch.
Maybe you begin you day this way, or close it. Take a break from your work to reconnect with yourself and give those pretty muscles and bones a gentle release. While you stretch , pay attention to how your body responds, notice tight spots or what stretches feel best.
Yoga is an amazing practice to cultivate not only movement and stretch, but the beneficial results on helping you connect more deeply to your body. Find a Yoga class/video online or check in with your local town's yoga studio!
Ultimately, self-care is giving to yourself, what you need to be healthy, happy and balanced.
Savoring is an experience of the senses, a momentary pause from our minds where we can appreciate in what we find enjoyable. To savor is to turn the chatter off briefly and pay attention to what is before you. It's closing your eyes while the sunlight is on your face, drinking in the warmth. It's putting on your favorite son and singing along. It's taking a deep breath, feeling where the air moves. Savoring is a scientifically proven practice that raises levels of happiness, because when we savor, we're flooded with positive, loving emotions.
Go for a long walk in a place you don't get to enjoy often - a park, nature reserve - and breath in the fresh air.
Freshness, can be interpreted in many ways, including taking a long walk in the fresh air, getting some beautiful flowers for your home, enjoying a seasonal fruit or food, wearing a color that symbolizes fresh to you, or maybe wearing an invigorating scented lotion.
Perhaps you love baths; include epsom salts in your bath with a lovely blend of essential oil (lavender or roman chamomile) or include a sweet bath bomb. Take a bubble bath. Turn off the main light and use battery operated tea lights, and pop on the relaxation station on Pandora
Creating relaxing, soothing, and peaceful spaces and moments at home is delightful. Not only does it save you time and money, it also allows your home to feel more energized and calming.
DIY Manicure with a Healthy Nail Soak
If your nails are in need of a little TLC but a salon manicure is not in your future, this DIY nail soak will perk your nails up in no time! My herbal nail soak recipe uses lavender, rosemary, lemon and olive oil to strengthen nails and soften cuticles
My 3 favorite herbs and essential oils for healthy, strong nails are lavender, lemon and rosemary. Lemon is antiseptic and can help whiten stained or discolored nails. Lavender is great for all kinds of skin conditions, including cuts, inflammation and dry skin. Rosemary is another great herb to help strengthen nails and is also antiseptic.
For the nail soak recipe, I’ve chosen to use herbs instead of essential oils. If you prefer to use essential oils you absolutely can with good results. I recommend using 2 drops each of lavender, lemon and rosemary in place of the herbs and fresh lemon.
INGREDIENTS FOR DIY NAIL SOAK
1 cup hot water
1 tsp lavender buds
½ tsp dried (or fresh if you have it) rosemary
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp olive oil
4 drops vitamin E
Fresh lemon slices (optional)
HOW TO DO AN AT HOME NAIL SOAK
Heat water to almost boiling.
Measure lavender and rosemary and pour into a glass bowl or dish large enough for your hands.
Pour water over herbs and allow to steep for 15-20 minutes or until cool enough to put your hands in (the water should still be warm)
Add lemon juice, olive oil, vitamin E and lemon slices and gently stir.
Place your fingers in to the nail soak mixture and soak for 5-10 minutes.
Remove hands from soak and massage oil into nails and hands before rinsing clean.
After doing your DIY hand soak and a hand massage be sure to apply your Color Street Nail Strips. Maria Aiello, can help you find just the right colors and designs to suit you! These are so easy to apply and a time saver ( and budget friendly too)
Girl Wash Your Face
Clean your face well, and maybe even start a no hassle a skin regimen.
Making a simple face mask using Aztec Indian Clay with water or apple cider vinegar and a few squeezes of mint satin scrub , will wake up your senses and keeps your pores tight after application.
You will feel your face pulsating while the mask is drying out. With the addition of mint satin scrub it will help you to exfoliate at the same time!
Remember self, -care doesn't have to take up your entire day. You can weave these ideas into your week!
Tea and Journal or Read
Write in your journal all you’re thankful for. Spend an hour before bed reading quietly with some hot tea. Reading expands your mind, takes you to another place, gives you a perspective different from your own, and it also gives you time to yourself. I’ll be following 100 Days Of Brave and using my 4 Things Gratitude Journal and my trusty oils including ABUNDANCE along with several of my friends to hold myself accountable and work on my intentions throughout the year!
My nature has always been to be ‘on the go’ and although that probably is not stopping anytime soon, because of this, I am truly and sincerely incorporating relaxation, self care and detoxing (even spiritual) activities into my weekly schedule to nurture my body and mind to maintain balance. It is so important in my life.
Remember, you need self-care, it’s not selfish!
Next time you think self-care is selfish I want you to think about this; if you love something, you show it love.
You love your pets, your children, your family and friends. And I have no doubt that you show them love often. You give them praise, advice, time, love, and help.
Now, do for yourself as you would do for others….