My Self Care Staples
These days, it seems like everyone is big on self care. But the funny thing about self care is that it means something different for everyone. For some of you, it may mean making time to fit in some morning meditation. For others, it may mean getting a kick-ass workout in or ending the evening with a long bubble bath.
Honestly, self care means a lot of things to me. It means taking care of my mind, body, and soul. I try to think about this everyday – especially when I am working extra hard and my body’s feeling it. I’m no pro, but I’m starting to learn about the things that make me feel recharged and ready to conquer what’s in front of me.
Here are some ways I incorporate self care into my life.
Working out for me is about more than staying fit. I try to get in some kind of workout every day because it truly forces me to turn my brain off. Also, I prefer to work out with Matt or in a group setting because when I’m with others, I find that I’m more encouraged to focus on my workout and try harder than I would if I were solo. I recently posted about my favorite LA-based workouts here – check them out.
I love a good bath – especially after a long day. Sometimes, I’ll pour lavender Epsom salts in after a tough workout for a really relaxing end to the day (plus, they work wonders for sore muscles!). Other evenings, I’ll apply a face or hair mask before I get in and soak while it works it magic.
I’m obsessed with facials. I take really good care of my skin at home, but there’s nothing better than having a specialist work on your face. I love Face Haus for quick facials – it’s like DryBar for your face, ha. You’re in and out and the results are really unbelievable. They have a few locations in LA and offer packages too, which makes each facial even more affordable. If I’m looking for something more luxurious, I book an appointment with Shani Darden, who works on some of the most gorgeous faces in the industry. Her facials leave my skin glowing for weeks – I’m not even kidding. I’ve written about her Retinol before, too – the effects are absolutely life changing. Side note: I’ve been meaning to try Microneedling – has anyone tried it? And do you recommend it? Please share!
Manicures & Pedicures
For me, clean, polished nails and toes are a must – always. I not only love the process of getting a mani/pedi (there’s nothing like it!), but I also love expressing my mood through the nail color or design I opt for that day. There are a ton of amazing nail spots in LA, and I’m actually working on a post about those now, so stay tuned if you’re local! (last Spring’s nail colors I loved in a post here)
This one sounds so simple, but it really is so important. I find it works wonders to disconnect from my phone and all other electronics and step outside regularly to give myself a nice, refreshing break. I constantly feel swept up in the craziness of everyday life, but notice a huge change when I simply step outside, breathe, and soak up the fresh air without any distractions. It’s crazy what a difference 5 minutes of nature therapy can make.
If I’m feeling lazy or I have something special to do, I rely on DryBar to get my hair in tip top shape. I’m not saying that I never do my own hair… but I am saying that when I have somewhere to go, I know the ladies at DryBar do a much better job than me, ha. I love that I can wake up and book a quick appointment on the app and pop in for a quick blowout. There’s something about having fresh, clean, perfectly blown out hair that just puts me in a good mood.
Bonus: sometimes I bring my laptop with to get some work done at the same time as my blowout. When I take some time off from blowouts, I tend to reach for my hair masks at home and apply them before a nighttime bath. Sometimes, I even leave them in overnight if my hair’s really craving some moisture.
Do you guys have any self-care tips I’m missing? Share the ways you show yourself some love in the comment section below.