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Self care is so vital. We need to take care of these bodies because they are the vessel in which we dwell. We must take care of our minds because we only have one. Most importantly we must take care of our soul. It is where our love is stored and the more love that can cycle through the more joy we have.
Having a steady routine for your self care makes it almost effortless. In the beginning, you may need reminders and even charts to keep on track. I have an accountability chart going up in the store that I use. Soon the routine will flow and you’ll be happier for it.
Get ready the weather is changing again. Here in the Southeastern region of the U.S. the weather is quite erratic, warm, cold, rainy, sunny, showing, back to sunny and warm. By the end of spring we will be able to cruise into the summer. So to prepare for the change our self care routines need to change.
Mani/pedi, After being encased in boots or closed toe shoes and gloves for the last 6 months, it is time to care for our nails again. It’s time to bring color back into your life. With a nice clip, file, and color with a top coat, or maybe just a nice shiny top coat by itself. Yes, you guys too! There is nothing wrong with getting a mani or pedi as a man. It may turn into a guilty pleasure.
Fresh Air Let the fresh air in, and open those windows. There is something about fresh air that just feels good. You could even put a new blend of oils in your diffuser or light some incense to clear the air.
Go Outside. It’s time to go outside again. The days are now getting longer and warmer. Time to lace up those sneakers and head out into the fresh air. Get in some walking or go for s ride. Keep in mind we still need to practice social distancing. I live in the country so I wouldn’t run into anyone that doesn’t live with me all day. There will still be rainy days, so have a back up plan to get your exercise in. If you live somewhere more urban you can still go outside in your yard, on your deck, out into your patio. The fresh air and sunshine will do you good. If getting exercise outside is an issue, exercise inside.
Hair Color. I love a fresh hair color in the spring. Something new, maybe a little sassy, but definitely fun. It’s one of those things that really puts your personality on stage. I henna my hair usually, not only does it give a beautiful natural although sassy color, but also deep conditioning.
Hobbies. Try a new hobby. Hobbies are a great way to indulge in self care. Hobbies require attention and time. No matter what type of hobby you choose or if you are crafty, creative, musical, mechanical, or athletic, there is a hobby or two for you. Check out my post 15 Hobbies You’ll Want To Try This Spring! to get ideas.
Plants. I’m a huge fan of plants and gardening. Houseplants bring life to the indoors with oxygen and color. With a few spritzes of water and some sunlight, incorporating a houseplant or two into your daily routine could be pretty easy. I love a hanging Spider plant, a string of pearls plant, or a Wandering Jew, they really bring life to a home. If you have a patio or deck there are many plants you can grow outdoors in your small space to bring happiness to your area. Growing plants that produce food is another way. Cucumbers, tomatoes, or maybe a zucchini plant, it is always nice to have some home ground produce.
Healthy Food Options. Change up your eating habits. Now during this time of high stress and staying isolated is a great time to pay better attention to what you put on your plate. I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan. Continuing to eat healthy with the occasional cheat during this high stress time helps keep my energy levels up so I can do all the things I need to do.
Inner growth. During this spring stay at home time why not learn what you need to heal all those hurts in your life. Journaling and learning new ways to cope. Now would be a good time to look within and decide in which direction you want your life to head into. Maybe start a new business that you have been putting off, or getting involved in a cause that holds your heart.
Having a self care routine really is essential to keeping yourself fulfilled. By the end of Spring, you would have a routine firmly in place if you start today. Start small, with a couple things and then as you get those things solidified in a routine, add another. Don’t overload yourself with a complex routine all at once, but ease into the process.
Give one or two of these suggestions a try. It could be time for a new exercise routine, or hobby. Freshening your home with a plant or two, and letting the fresh air in will lift the mood. I’m sure a nice manicure or pedicure will help you feel pampered. Possibly working to overcome your fears or work through a traumatic event will set you on a new path to enjoying more of your life. What will you add to your routine this spring?
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