Ah yes, self-care… quite the buzzword lately. Sometimes it annoys me ‘cos it seems to be everywhere, other times I’m all for reading about it, nevertheless I have no doubt about its importance in our overall wellbeing.
I see people online from time to time snapping their way around an amazing spa with #selfcare slapped all over the screen… I mean, yes please, I’ll take some of that! But life gets in the way more often than not, and spa days are like hen’s teeth.
So in the absence of spa days & in the presence of Rona… how does one care for oneself?
Especially one who is at home with small humans a lot?
Maybe you don’t dare to be so selfish?
In my book, regardless of kids, work, lockdowns, apocalypse, whatever; there is always room for minding yourself.
I have no magic answers about when or how, but I do have a few small things that I do on a regular basis that keep me feeling semi-human.
- Baths– hot, deep, long baths… 3 or 4 times a week, with a nice scented candle lit, lights off, Netlfix playing on my phone, and nobody knocking at the door. Bliss!
- Dermaplaning: I’m not a daily make up user, but I do have a very basic skin care routine. The part that makes me feel the most amazing is dermaplaning with a Hollywood Browzer; yes it’s basically shaving your face…! But it does so much for your skin, and it looks & feels absolutely gorgeous for days afterwards. I do it every couple of weeks & it’s so worth the few minutes it takes.
- Straight hair: I’m just not leaving the house without straight hair. End of!
- De-clutter/ tidy; I’m no clean freak but when certain areas in the house start to get piled up with CRAP it does my head in & stresses me out. It feels so good to sort it & admire the clutter free area when done. It literally is a weight off my mind.
- Music/Funny Podcasts: Always love the tunes, no better way to lift your spirits, but I am very late to the Podcast game; and I am loving Tommy & Hectors weekly laughs, and also really enjoying Doireann Garrihy’s Laughs of your Life series. Light hearted, interesting, laugh out loud in parts, both are a form of self-care in my opinion as listening to them gets you out of your own head.
- Not rushing to collect children!! Ok possibly controversial but hear me out… if it’s a workday, I don’t immediately collect the boys after work. I come home, sort the kitchen, make some food for myself & them, lately I’ve been taking half an hour to grab a quick walk once or twice a week, then I go get them. It’s working a treat, and they are happy where they are so I think I’ll keep it up! 45mins is a long time in a Mammy’s life; so much can get done in a very short window!
- Social Media; also possibly controversial but I feel like the time I spend on social media is self-care for me. I connect with other people, look at/read/engage with things that interest me and that I enjoy. I don’t follow accounts that annoy me or make me feel shitty about myself so that element of social media I manage to avoid.
- Blogging; getting my thoughts & ideas down into words is also something that does me good!
What do you do to look after yourself when you can’t get to the elusive spa? I’m always fascinated by other people’s ideas so I would love if you shared some!