What does self-care mean to you? Is it an indulgent, pamper session at your local health spa? A long, hot, bubble bath? Or a quiet moment to yourself with a good book?
While I’m not adverse to a health spa, I prefer self-care I can DIY at home. So, a long, hot bubble bath and a good book is perfectly fine for me.
Having said this, I know how easy it is as a busy working parent to skip ‘me-time’ altogether. After all, there is always something important to be done. In my case, it’s making batches for orders, catching up on emails, social media marketing, and important telephone calls – all to be fitted in during the day before everyone gets back home from school and work. Once they are home, there are meals to be prepared, homework to help with, and the general reorganising of a busy household.
If you’re not careful, me-time and self-care can take a backseat.
What I have learned, however, is that self-care needn’t be time-consuming. Often, the best self-care is something you can easily slip into your day without you feeling as if you’ve had to compromise on anything.
Here are some of my personal favourites. Can you identify with any of them?
- Dress nicely for work. This might sound silly if like me, you work from home. But when I look good, I feel good. So, I make a point of styling my hair nicely (although I often wear a hair net when I’m mixing products – how’s that for a cute image). I wear my favourite earrings, and I like to wear loose comfortable dresses as they’re easier to move about in while I work. I also make a point of wearing indoor shoes, as I’m on my feet all day long (this also protects my feet if there are any spillages). I take a little extra time to get dressed in the morning, so for me, this really is ‘me-time’ in the true sense of the word.
- Wear perfume. I make my own parfum oil from essential oils. My favourite blend is Ylang, Ylang, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Neroli, and Frankincense. I wish I could post a sample here so you could smell how divine it is – a fresh burst of an exotic summer that lingers on me long after I’ve applied it – the perfect pick-me-up.
- Light a candle. It only takes a few seconds to light a lovely candle, and then suddenly, that little flicker of light and fragrant scent transports you to a spa-like experience.
- Buy Flowers. Flower instantly lift my mood. You’ll notice some of my favourites on my Instagram feed. And let’s face it, flowers needn’t be costly. You don’t need a whole bunch as many florists sell single flowers, and you can of course pick daisies or similar wildflowers from your local green space.
- Enjoy a glass (or two) of wine. Enough said.
- Take a break from your phone. Put your mobile on ‘do not disturb’ for an hour or better still, see if you can power it down altogether (if you dare). Constant scrolling is bad for your eyesight and can be draining. Take a break from that little screen and do something in the real world.
- Sleep better. I have been known to take the occasional power nap. It is deliciously sweet and gives me a well-needed boost of energy to continue a little later on into the evening, if necessary. But if you’re worried you can’t nap without the risk of dosing off for hours(!), try getting to bed a little earlier. All those late nights will turn you into a grumpy, moody parent, and we don’t want you turning into one of those, do we?
- Treat your skin. Tell ‘Alexa’ to play your favourite music while you apply a light facial cleanser, (take your time while you do it), slather on a light facial moisturiser or a light facial oil, close your eyes, lie back, and chillax. Self-care bliss.
What do you think about these self-care tips? What would you add?