3 new ideas for how to care for yourself.
Since I’ve started being proactive about practicing self-care on a regular basis, I’ve realized that self-care practices are constantly evolving given the season of life. I’ve done two past posts on self-care: my 13 favorite self-care practices and my (current) favorite self care practices.
Today I wanted to share another post on what self-care has been looking like for me lately. After spending sometime with my sister-in-law this weekend, I realized one of my favorite things about her is how she does kind things for herself on a regular basis. She’s a good example for me to have in my life. For some, it can be challenging for you to do nice things for yourself. I hope this post inspires you to start treating yourself better through regular self-care acts.
Here are the 3 things I’ve been doing lately to care for myself:
Trying things I’m curious about
This can be as simple & inexpensive as finding a YouTube video on a hobby you might be interested in (hello, arm knitting) or a bit more pricey if you sign up for a class. For me, I had always wanted to try taking a pottery class with wheel throwing. In July I started feeling like I wasn’t being very present and was instead just wishing everyday that it was November 11th and time for baby to be born. In an effort to be more present and enjoy the journey of being pregnant I planned some fun things for between then and Nov 11th. One was our babymoon and another was signing up for a pottery class with my mom at Foelber Pottery.
I ended up making 3 pieces total. One piece was a Raku pieces. I captured the Raku process and previously shared on Insta Stories…
Here are my 3 finished products…
- a berry bowl / mini colander
- mug with giant handle
- crochet vase
Stopping and being still when I need to.
Mondays are my blogging day and I don’t have a schedule. On these days I can end up feeling overwhelmed and busy. Even though there really isn’t that much to get done, I just feel rushed. On those days I’ve started to focus on stopping and being still when I feel myself getting overwhelmed. But my being still isn’t normally doing nothing.
Lately my being still / taking a breather for a bit has involved a luke warm (since you’re not supposed to get overheated in pregnancy) bubble bath while listening to a podcast. I know to help ground them some people go on mindful nature walks, so a while back I was like, “what about mindful baths?” So I started taking mindful baths. I put on a soothing podcast and then pay hyper-attention as I slowly and thoroughly suds up every single part of my body. I was gifted the below Aveeno Baby product for Raspberry, but ended up really liking the smell so I’ve been using it for me :)
I realize that not everyone has the luxury of working from home on Mondays, but I imagine you could think of some sort of mindful break that would work to help your brain feel calm for 5-15 minutes.
Essential oils + diffuser
The other day at the grocery store I was so nauseous when I stumbled upon an aisle with essential oils on it. I was like, “oooo I’m going to smell these and see if any make me feel less nauseous.” And the peppermint one did the trick! Then I bought a cheapish $30 diffuser.
Next I wanna get a lavender oil to diffuse in our bedroom at night.