Wow! It has been a minute since I wrote a post! Honestly, I went through a few weeks where I was unmotivated to blog or take pics for the blog… I’m not sure why, but I feel like I’m coming out of it now, and I’m excited to start sharing with y’all again.
I’ve seen a number of friends on Instagram talking about Self-Care September, and I started thinking about what self-care means to me.
I fell like “self-care” has become an overused term in the last couple years. I’m reminded of Donna & Tom from Parks & Recreation and their “treat yo self” days, which typically involved spending ridiculous sums of money on frivolous stuff. While I definitely think there is a time and place to “buy yourself somethin’ real nice”, I’m convinced that self-care doesn’t have to hurt your wallet. I also don’t think that self-care should be done at the expense of something else. For example, if I’m practicing “self-care” and spend two hours getting a mani-pedi or a facial, but it’s preventing me from accomplishing something that I really need to do, I think the point of self-care is somewhat negated.
For me, self-care doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be bougie. And it doesn’t have to take hours out of my day. For me, self-care is much more simple, and so I came up with 7 Simple Self-Care ideas that you can use this September or anytime, really. They won’t take much time, unless you want them to.
- Spend some extra time on your daily/nightly skincare routine. Let’s be honest—we’ve all got some extra skincare products in our bathroom that we don’t use as often as we should. So really take your time with your nightly routine. Use all those scrubs and creams and masks that you have. It’s easy and it only takes a few extra minutes out of your day. You’ll likely feel a little more pampered but without the expense of going somewhere for a facial (though the results won’t be the same).
- Sip your morning coffee in bed. Something about this feels so luxurious to me. I love to make my coffee and then crawl back in bed and watch the morning news or the weather while I enjoy it. Or maybe you’re a tea drinker. Or you just like to start your day with a big glass of water. Either way, allow a few extra minutes to enjoy the start of your day instead of just popping out of bed and immediately diving into your usual routine.
- Rent a movie that you intended to see in theaters. Make yourself some popcorn (and maybe buy some movie snacks) and have a movie night. For me, this is a treat. If you’re like me, you don’t always want to spend the $10+ it costs to see a movie at the theater, so you wait. But then I realize that a lot of films have come out that I’ve never gotten around to renting, so when we pick up a movie from Redbox (or watch it on HBO), it’s a good feeling. And making popcorn or picking up some movie snacks is pretty inexpensive and still feels a little more special than just sitting down to watch a movie.
- Go to a nearby park and take a stroll. Leave your phone in the car, if you can. If I visit one of the pretty parks (or take a walk on the beach) around town and take a quiet stroll, I feel so much more relaxed when I’m done. I’m talking a walk without the dogs and without anyone else. Even if you only have ten or fifteen minutes to spare, I think this one will be really beneficial. And when I leave my phone in the car or just tuck it in my pocket, I am able to destress a lot more. We all need time apart from our phones sometime.
- Give yourself permission to hit “snooze”. Every now and then, we deserve those extra ten or fifteen minutes of sleep in the morning. So instead of waking up early so you can curl your hair or spend a few extra minutes on your makeup, hit snooze and curl up under the sheets for a little longer. You might have to wear a messy bun and some dry shampoo, but you’ll be a tiny bit more rested.
- Finally do that task that’s been on your to-do list forever. C’mon. You know what I’m talking about. What’s that one thing you’ve been meaning to do for a long time (months even)? It might not seem like “self-care” to accomplish a task on your to-do list, but think how great it will feel when you finally do it. *#6 is me really speaking to myself. I need to get my 401K from an old job transferred to my current job… which I’ve been at for 2.5 years.* I’ve been procrastinating.
- Go for a drive. Roll the windows down. Turn on some music. And just drive. I often joke that I “want to run away” and escape some of the stress of life, but a “drive” can really help you do that. Explore different places you’ve never been. Just drive without worrying about where you’re going for a little while. You never know—you might discover somewhere new. You can also use this as time to listen to those podcasts you need to catch up on or maybe even start a new podcast. My friend Katie has a great list of here that would be a good place for you to start if you need some suggestions.
So there you have it… my 7 Simple Self-Care Ideas. Hopefully one of these (or more) speaks to you or at leasts sparks an idea of what YOU can do for self-care. Remember, self-care doesn’t have to cost a lot of $$ and it doesn’t have to be a big time commitment. Sometimes, it’s a simple as spending ten extra minutes on your skincare routine or just using those ten minutes to be alone with your thoughts.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!