Sharing stories from others who believe self-care is foundational to their best self

 

 

Karena

@ wonderwell workshops
What's your own definition of self-care?
To me, self-care means being aware of what my mind/body/spirit needs are on any given day, and honoring those needs. Sometimes I need veggies, other days it might be a burger and milkshake. It's all about being in tune and flexible with what I need.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I am all about prevention, so I like to do things regularly to take care of myself. Lately, it's been an afternoon walk with a good podcast. I've also recently started taking vitamins, too!
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I become a teeth-grinder at night when I get too stressed or overwhelmed. I also tend to have less patience towards others.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Yoga/light stretching, meditation, spending a few minutes outside in sunshine, texting or talking to a friend or Steve (my boyfriend), though sometines a nap is all I'll need!
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
My water bottle! I definitely think drinking enough water is a huge piece of taking optimal care of myself.
When I do splurge, it's on:
Facemasks, creams, lotions. I love making my AM an PM a little more indulging by using a face cream that makes my skin feel and smell good.
My top 3 apps that I use for self-care:
Insight Timer for meditation, Spotify for all the great tunes, and Play Music for podcasts!
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Take it easy, and approach self-care with a light, joyful heart. Because in the end, it really is just all about being kind to yourself.

 

 

Ashley

@ girlbossevents
What's your own definition of self-care?
My definition of self-care means being able to take time doing things for myself that create a healthy energy, mind, and body while filling up my bucket so that I can pour better energy into all cups or areas of my life; marriage, kids, work, etc. This could mean taking time for a DIY facemask, going to bed a bit earlier, daily exercise,  taking just a bit longer getting ready in the morning, meditation, tracking what I'm eating, spending time with friends, and so many other things.
How do you currently take care of yourself?
I try to get up before my kids do to just take some time to live in the quiet, set my mind, and get ready for the day. I also try to get to bed at a decent hour. Sleep is SO important to a healthy self-care life. I also try to drink half my body weight in oz of water everyday as well as keep track of what I'm putting into my body.  I've also learned saying "no" is a GREAT way to take care of and not overextend yourself.
How can you tell when you do need a bit more self-care in your life?
I start feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and my mind feels very cloudy.
 
When I am stressed out, my go-to self-care activity is:
Hand-lettering scripture, prayer + breathing exercises, and snuggling my dog 🙂
 
Most affordable and essential self-care tool that I can't live without:
A good facemask (I use L'OREAL Pure Clay Masks) and a good meditation app!
When I do splurge, it's on:
A rare mani/pedi 
My top 3 tools that I use for self-care:
Headspace- offers soothing sounds as well as meditation exercises
 
Lose It! - helps you keep track of what you're putting in your body. You can track calories, macronutrients, as well as water intake. Whether you are trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight, its important to know what you are fueling your body with since health is WAY more than a number on a scale. 
 
Technology can be a great way to help with self-care, but other than those two, I try not to use my phone as a way to relax, I find it does the opposite, so thirdly, I would say paper and pens and bible for me to hand letter. Doing an activity with your hands that creates something is proven to relax and relieve stress. 
What is one tip or piece of advice related to self-care?
Go. To. Bed. Staying up late doesn't help anyone. And dock your phone AWAY from where you sleep. Downstairs, in the other room, wherever. No one needs to be scrolling right before they're trying to relax and rest their mind and body.

MADE WITH LOVE AND CARE

We are continually talking with people about self-care and what they are doing for themselves. If you would like to share your story about self-care, we'd love to chat. Please don't hesitate to contact us!