As this world becomes more fast-paced and more demanding, the topic of self-care has become a big part of the conversation on well-being. I am a HUGE fan of self-care and I have been actively working to make it a regular part of my life in an effort to preserve my body and my mental health. Self-care looks different for everyone. If you’re someone who works out compulsively, self-care might mean slowing down – taking a day off or doing a less intense physical activity. For someone who rarely finds time to workout, self-care might be scheduling a fitness class in your week that provides you with some sweaty indulgence. The idea with self-care is that you check in with yourself, ask “Self, what do you need? Where have you been neglected lately? What would make you feel good? What would help you thrive?” and then design your self-care accordingly. I thought I would use this post to give you guys a sense of some of my self-care practices just in you’re looking for some ideas. I practice little bits of self-care throughout the week but I try to carve out Sunday evenings for a more concentrated, extended period of self-care. Here are some of the things I do on #SabrinasSelfCareSundays.
- MEAL-PLANNING. I really look forward to sitting down with my cookbooks, deciding what I’m craving for the week and then writing out my grocery list accordingly. While this may not be as “fun” for everyone as it is for someone like myself, it’s a great self-care practice as it sets you up for healthy eating success for the week. Also – I let myself watch reality TV while I do it which make it all the more satisfying. Today was The Real Housewives of New York. I have no interest your judgement.
2. SHOWER DELUXE. Sundays are when I break out all the overpriced soaps, scrubs, creams, etc. that I’ve collected. Admittedly, many of these products have been gifted to me by lovely people in my life since I don’t usually buy these kinds of things for myself. Showering with a wonder-smelling luxury soap and then taking the time to gently massage and moisturize my skin with some shea buttter and/or coconut oil makes me feel like a QUEEEEEEN.
3. FACE MASK. Though I oil-wash my face every evening, Sundays I do an extra special face mask using the clay below, which I highly recommend. About an hour before bed, I form a mixture using this powder and water (as the jar instructs) and then I let it sit on my face for about 20 minutes. I rinse it off in a warm shower and follow it up with my usual oil-cleansing method to complete my pampering for the evening.
4. DEEP CONDITIONING. I have been know to neglect my curls. I don’t put much effort into my appearance in general so it’s easy for me to forget how much care and moisturizing my hair needs. For this reason, I have been doing my best to deep condition at least once a week. I usually leave the conditioner in over night, using a plastic cap wrapped with a towel to trap my body heat and allow the moisture to penetrate my hair follicles. I wake up in the morning, rinse, detangle, and seal in the moisture with aloe vera. I can truly say that my hair has been healthier for it and I have self-care Sundays to thank.
5. CANDLELIT NIGHTS. I looooooooove me some scented candles. I usually light one every night before bed. I have about five of them in rotation and choose which scent best fits my current mood. On Sundays, I usually turn out the lights in my room about 30 minutes before I want to go to bed and listen to a podcast or audiobook to wind down. This is also a great time to get some coloring, journaling, or passion-planning in! The “candle” method, as I JUST coined it, is also a great way to trick yourself into some calming screen-free time before bed.
6. MANI/PEDI. This activity falls in line with the overall pampering that happens on self-care days but I saved it for last because I always do it last. I’ve found that the best way not to ruin my newly painted nails is by applying a quick-dry top coat, waiting 10-20 minutes (under the distraction of a podcast and/or audiobook), and then going right to bed before I can do anything to ‘ef them up.
Hope that this inspires you to take some time for yourself, whether it be concentrated in a certain day or spread in smaller doses throughout the week. Be selfish. Indulge. Take your self-care seriously.