Raise your hand if you agree: #SelfCareSunday has become more of a competition and opportunity to show off the latest luxurious activity than true self-care. Fish foot baths, hot springs, a trip up north to a cute lil cabin, expensive face masks, and pedicures. To me, true self-care is the little things: having compassion for yourself, taking a 10 minute nap, calling a loved one, setting healthy boundaries. Self-care doesn’t have to be this unattainable dream—and in this article, I’m going to prove it to you. I am sharing the 7 nonnegotiables in my self-care routine.
7 Self Care Habits I Can’t Live Without
1 – Keeping my reusable water bottle handy
I am obsessed with my 64-ounce stainless steel water bottle. I don’t go anywhere without it. It helps me to stay hydrated all day long. And at the end of the day, when it’s empty, I feel so good about myself!
Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to support optimal physical health. Not only that, but it’s also the easiest. To stay properly hydrated (which, unfortunately, most of us are chronically dehydrated) you need to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. Not just any water though—properly mineralized water. Essential minerals and electrolytes will foster healthy organ function. Plus, your complexion will love you for it.
If drinking water is something you hate (been there), I encourage you to try our Hydration Superfood Energy formula. It’s a strawberry-kiwi powder packed with hydrating electrolytes, energizing B vitamins, and superfoods for gentle detoxification. It makes getting your ounces in easy.
2 – Superfoods
Another way I prioritize self-care is through nourishing myself. As a mom of 4 little ones, I know how hard it can be to make a healthy meal—and that’s one of the reasons why I created our Superfoods line. Every day I boost my immunity, beauty, and energy with our 3 yummy Superfood Supplements. It’s a nonnegotiable that isn’t hard to stay consistent with.
In the morning, I’ll opt for our Beauty Collagen Complex or Immunity Greens in a delicious smoothie (or even water). It’s perfect for when I have zero time to get the kids and myself ready. Then, I always have a water bottle of Hydration Superfood Energy that I love to drink midday to curb cravings, boost energy, and rehydrate.
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3 – Essential Oils
Essential oils are natural remedies I use daily to take care of myself. If I ever experience anxiety or nervousness, lavender helps to calm my stress levels. If I ever have poor focus, a deep breath of peppermint or rosemary clears me up. If I can’t sleep, lavender, vetiver, or valerian help me.
I think of oils as self-care because if I didn’t have them, I might be tempted to grab a coffee or energy drink. I may be tempted to go into an emotional spiral or take sleeping medication. The beautiful thing about oils is that they are natural. They are plants that can support us in staying consistent and true to our best, most authentic selves. And I think that is ultimate self-care.
When I use oils, I practice mindfulness. I’ll be very present when I apply them to my pillow, add them to a diffuser, or inhale them straight from the bottle. Mindfulness + essential oils: has there ever been a better self-care combo?!
4 – Sauna
I will use the sauna at least 3 times a week for my physical and mental health. Most local gyms have saunas available, and there are now so many affordable at-home saunas on the market now. Sweating is one of the best things you can do for your body. Not only will a sauna help detox heavy metals and other nasty toxins that accumulate, but it will also help support happy neurotransmitter function!
We wrote a whole article on the benefits of saunas that you can check out here. Some benefits include reduced stress, enhanced neurogenesis, pain relief, improved metabolism, better skin health, better sleep, and more. A 15-30 minute sesh is all it takes.
Again, self-care doesn’t have to be glamorous. Sometimes it looks like water dripping down your face and smelly armpits. All that matters is that you are taking time to do something for yourself and your health. ‘
5 – Baths
Just like a sauna, baths help to support physical and emotional health. I love to combine the power of essential oils with this self-care activity. Although, I’m not sure activity is the right word. A bath, to me, is a sacred place for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Before each bath, I set an intention for my bath. I light candles and invite in healing energies. It may sound woo-woo, but an intention can make all the difference. I always keep a couple of good books nearby and a journal for any creative ideas.
Adding Epsom salts to my bath always helps to relieve physical tension and pull out any toxins from my body. A hot bath also does wonders for mood support! If you don’t have a bathtub at home, a foot bath can work just as well! Add a little salt and oils to your foot bath (or even a bucket!) and soak for 15 minutes.
6 – Journaling
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: journaling is free therapy. No one knows you or what you need more than you! Sometimes we need to loosen up our subconscious to reach those places, where journaling comes in.
It may be intimidating to journal, but it doesn’t have to be! You don’t need to be a professional writer to journal. And you definitely don’t need to be even a decent writer to journal. Journaling can be as simple as stream of consciousness writing and then throwing it in the trash. It can be as simple as writing “I don’t know what to write” over and over and over again.
You can even find a prompted journal anywhere on the internet or in store these days. Now that I’ve tried to sell you on journaling let me tell you about my personal experience.
Journaling is a sacred time for me to connect with myself and Jesus. It’s a place where I can write all of my thoughts, fears, hopes, and dreams. It’s a place where I go for solace, and it doesn’t require anything from me but presence and a pencil.
7 – Downtime at the end of every day
Downtime doesn’t mean journaling, it doesn’t mean reading a book, and it doesn’t mean watching TV. Downtime means doing absolutely nothing. For me, this usually involves going outside to get fresh air. No matter what the temperature, I like to take a moment of presence outside with nature. This can last from 2 minutes to a half hour. It is divine to have those moments alone and in silence even if only a moment.
I hope that this share has inspired you. I hope that you now realize that self-care isn’t some out there dream, and that it can truly be weaved into your everyday life. Comment below and let me know how you will show yourself some love today.