How to Practice Self Care

I am about as big of a busy body as you can be, seriously I am like a hummingbird on crack. I tend to get really impatient with people, I am always running around and firing on all cylinders, and I cannot sit still to save my life. While these can all be good qualities, sometimes you just need to take a minute to breathe and make sure that you are in the right mindset. I have been trying to make a few lifestyle changes recently (some really big exciting news I will be sharing with you guys soon!) and one of the things I have been trying to implement is more self care.

Today, I am teaming up with the all natural beauty brand Weleda (one of my absolute favorite brands!) to bring you some tips on how to practice self care at home and what it should look like when you take a personal day. To be honest, I had been in such a go-go-go mind set after finishing college (between working part time, doing internships, moving, senior collection and planning a wedding I was a little busy) that I think I wasn’t sure what to do with a personal day, and taking one made me feel guilty at first. It wasn’t until recently that my husband put some pressure on me to take a true “personal” day and boy did I need it! Here is how I spent my one day off and some tips on how you can do the same!

Tip #1: Pretend You’re at the Spa

Is there anything more relaxing than a spa day? No, duh. So imitate that experience at home (or if you are richer than me, go to an actual spa). When I take a personal day, I listen to really calming music (like The Staves or Sufjan Stevens) and put some lavender scent in our doTERRA Petal Diffuser. Then I like to give my feet a nice soak in hot water and after toweling drying, I rub Weleda’s Relaxing Lavender Body Oil on my feet and calves. It feels really soothing, especially if you work out your calves a lot and get knots like I do! I also really love using some of theirΒ Skin FoodΒ on my hands and feet. I guarantee you will feel fresh, calm and clean and there is no better way to #treatyoself!

SCHDEULEΒ Tip #2: Schedule It

I know this sounds really dorky, but I always need to schedule my downtime because otherwise I put it off. If self care is on my to-do list, it is hard to say no to it. This can range from scheduling to take a day off of work for deep self care, or scheduling something after work like a massage, yoga class or even just a bubble bath. This is a great way to make sure your downtime really happens and it gives you something to look forward to all day. The Sunday after a particularly rough week at work and an avalanche of blog issues, I actually scheduled something small to cheer myself up every day that week so I wouldn’t cry when I went to work the next day (In case you’re interested here is what that week looked like: Mon- morning latte and a bubble bath, Tues- yoga class, Weds- read for an hour, Thurs-movie night with candy, Friday- dinner out with friends).

Tip #3: Workout (just a bit)

I know what you are thinking, a lot of people consider working out to be a chore that you shouldn’t associate with days off! Trust me, I am not the kind of person who goes to the gym every day of vacation, but I do take yoga on the beach or go surfing or take a long bike ride! Lots of fun activities that we typically do on vacation are also super good for you. So ditch your intense spin class and get outside and play some tennis or take a hike. Squeezing some outdoor activities in works wonders for your soul, not to mention your heart and your vitamin D levels πŸ™‚

YES PLEASETip #4: Read a Book

I think I am the only person in the world who loves being in airplanes and the reason is because I get all the time in the world to read! I am unreachable and therefore I feel like I have no obligations other than reading as many good books as I can (on our last trip to Mexico I read 3.5 books). Reading is a great way to escape to another world, even if it is just for a little bit. So pour yourself some tea and curl up with a good book on your next personal day or even at the end of a particularly rough day.

Tip #5: Take Care of a Nagging Beauty Need

I always find that when I wake up and I am already rushing to work, the last thing I want to suddenly realize is that I haven’t tweezed my eyebrows or that my hair has the nastiest split ends of all time. Beauty treatments are interesting in that when you need to do them (i.e. 10 minutes before you leave for work) they are super stressful, but if you plan for them (i.e. spend a Sunday morning giving yourself a manicure) they are fun and calming. I love to use my personal days to tweeze and shape my eyebrows, as well as do a hair mask. I am currently obsessed with Weleda’s Replenishing Oat Hair Mask, it smells amazing and it works like a charm! I am gotten hooked and have been using it on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s every week (my hair is still recovering from winter)!

*This post was sponsored by Weleda.Β All opinions are, and will always be, my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Something Swell going.*


    • Annie
      June 3, 2016 / 1:11 am

      Thanks Rachel! πŸ™‚

  1. June 3, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Oh, so I’m doing a lot of self care as I really read daily a book πŸ™‚ Now you inspired me to use the reading time even better, thanks for that πŸ™‚
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Annie
      June 5, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      Thats awesome Rena! I feel like it makes such a difference to get in a little you time and a little reading each day! πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      June 5, 2016 / 3:26 pm

      Yes! Such a good use of time and it feels fun!

  2. June 3, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    Great tips on self-care. It’s so important to schedule in some time to truly take a breather, so making sure it’s actually in the calendar isn’t silly at all! (BTW, I have the same planner!)

    I also find that I use exercise as a time to unwind and give myself a break even when I’m too busy to truly relax. Sometimes it’s good knowing when you’re too wound up to even appreciate a calm bath, so doing something that will release the energy inside you is a totally appropriate thing to do!

    And reading books before bedtime is now my non-negotiable. πŸ™‚ I refuse to bring my phone to bed with me anymore, that way it’s always reading time and I don’t get to screw off on social media.

    Style Tomes

    • Annie
      June 5, 2016 / 3:24 pm

      First of all, love that you have the same planner and that you don’t think I am a total dork for scheduling my downtime haha. And yes sometimes I am so wound up I cannot relax until I have worked out! So good to take phones out of the bedroom as well, it keeps me from wasting hours scrolling through Facebook! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for reading and for the thoughtful comment! πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      June 5, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks so much Nora! πŸ™‚

  3. June 14, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I loved reading this post. I always make time for self care, I find that when I don’t do this, my mind goes crazy! Reading and bubble baths make everything better.

    Hannah x

    • Annie
      June 15, 2016 / 10:58 am

      Such great forms of stress relief! Self care is so important πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Glad to hear it πŸ™‚

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