I have a question for you…
Are you exhausted, dog-tired, pooped, or just plain ol’ worn slap out? If you answered yes, then we are definitely in the same boat! These last few weeks have been full of non-stop, stress inducing tasks on top of my already busy schedule, which has left me mentally and physical drained. I’m literally running on fumes, ladies!
Our day to day lives become routine…Wake up, get kids to school, go to work, pick kids up, cook diner, then climb in bed just to do it all over again the next day. It becomes a very tedious process that can easily cause depression and/or anxiety, among other things. Then add in a spur of the moment plan, a sick child, or a sudden financial strain and the monotonous routines we are used to become so overwhelming we begin to feel hopeless, or in some cases, mentally unstable due to the stress.
This is why Self-care is so important! Everyone deserves a break from time to time. Actually, let me rephrase that, Everyone NEEDS a break from time to time. I know I do! So, clear your schedules, my friends, because it’s time for some much needed relaxation. I’m about to divulge the top 5 of my favorite ways to pamper myself without breaking the bank.
- Solitude & Meditation
This is completely free and moreover, helps free your mind of the white noise our everyday lives cause. Find a quiet space, whether it be locked in your bedroom or outside under the shade of your favorite tree. Just close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and enjoy the silence. Now, I personally have never achieved complete lack of thoughts, however, my meditation process does help me with mental clarity. Just a few minutes of complete silence does wonders but if you add a lavender, sandalwood, or rose essential oil to the process, those few minutes will feel like heaven. The mix of aromatherapy and meditation will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time. Check out Rocky Mountain Oils for amazing all natural and expertly crafted essential oils. The quality of their products have been the best I have found so far and their explanation of each oil is very informative allowing you to purchase exactly what would be best for you.
- Soaking in a hot bath
Again, another freebie! When you’re a busy mom alone time is a rare luxury. Sometimes the only solitude we get is when we are in the bathroom. Take that time to run you a hot bath and soak for as long as your progeny will allow it. The heat will relax the muscles and the short rest will help you collect your thoughts. For an added bonus drop in your favorite bath bomb and enjoy the fizzy wonderfulness. Cosset Bath and Body carries an amazing verity of bath bombs that are all for under $8. Each bomb has a unique recipe specifically designed to help you relax, recover, and rejuvenate.
- Read a good book
There is nothing quite like getting lost in the pages of a good book. Cracking open a book can transport you to another world and give you a break from the stresses of your life. No matter the genre you prefer there will always be something new to read. I personally just finished a #1 New York Times bestseller called Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens and I must say I highly recommend if you are into murder mysteries. This heartbreakingly beautiful coming-of-age story is sure to engulf your mind, body, and soul until the very last page.
- Bake a tasty treat
Many people love to cook. I however, don’t enjoy it like I used to due to it being a chore I must complete every day. Hearing the words, “What’s for dinner” come from my family’s mouths irks me to no end. Cooking is just something that has to be done, therefore making it a part of our daily routines. But, something not so routine, is baking. Once you tuck the kiddos in bed, try baking yourself something special. The alone time in the kitchen, the anticipation of something sweet that you don’t have to share, is a gift like no other. It’s the little things…right? My most recent Sweet Treat was a recipe for Easy S’mores Sweet Pizza I found on Sandraseasycooking.com. Let me tell you…this was sinfully delicious and super easy to make. I enjoyed every bite and I know you will too!!!
- Mani time
We all like to feel pretty. Unfortunately, in this day in age mainstream beauty can bankrupt you real quick. So many of us begin to feel unattractive and our confidence levels diminish as we see more and more photoshopped pictures advertising the best and latest new beauty trend. Well let me tell you right now, you are beautiful just the way you are!!! The enigma that is fashion changes dramatically so often that keeping up with every trend is virtually impossible. However one easy and affordable way to feel stylish and boost your confidence in a small but impactful way is giving yourself a fresh mani. Karma Nail Wraps has your covered. With over 1000 different designs to choose from you are sure to find something you love. Confidence will sky rocket when you begin to receive compliment after compliment on your gorgeous new mani.
This list is my personal top 5 ways to achieve a little peace in my life. Feel free to give them a try, however, everyone is unique and enjoys different things. You may have no desire to meditate or bake something sweet. Find something you enjoy, whether it be yoga or painting or even running a marathon, it doesn’t matter, just take some time for yourself and enjoy. You deserve it!!!