We are a super busy generation. Despite the pleadings of our older counterparts, we haven’t found a way, or a desire to slow down. So instead of forcing ourselves to deny what we want, how about we find a way to take care of ourselves, I’ve created an easy list for this week
1. Create a Skin Care routine- 10 minutes in the evening is all you need. Close the bathroom door and set a timer. It is YOU time! Get a cleansing makeup remover, eye makeup remover, a glow tonic, oil, face moisturizer and a weekly mask.
2. Write down a compliment you received on a sticky note, look at it when you need it.
3. Go for a walk by yourself. It’s always good to get moving, get some fresh air or have quiet time. Many times music will help clear your head, just make sure you don’t have it up too loud. That can damage your hearing or make it hard for you to hear your surroundings
4. Take a bath. A quiet, candlelit, no other humans allowed. Sitting quietly, even for a few minutes in a hot bath can heal the soul without you doing much else. Bubbles, soothing bath salts or oils can create some aromatherapy for your quiet time.
5. Watch a comedy show. Eddie Murphy Raw was my Go-To when I was younger. If I felt down or was having a bad day, I’d slide in the VHS (I am old) and laugh until I cried, no matter how many times I’d seen it.
6. See a movie. Take a few hours and go see a movie. Even if it’s in your bedroom, cover the windows, curl up in your bed/chair/floor and watch a movie you haven’t seen in a while. The Princess Bride, A Knights Tale, Sooper Troopers, Whatever your heart needs!
7. Yoga. Get in a bit of a yoga routine, quiet your mind, breath for YOU not for everyone else. It’s an amazing balancing act and when you feel stronger physically it will help you mentally.
8. Be of service. Bring in a neighbors trash can, leave some cookies on their doorstep, help out someone at the grocery store, give spare change to someone begging on the corner, whatever it is, do something that makes you feel lighter. You know what I mean, when we do good, we ease our soul
9. Ask for help. Need to get your lawn mowed? Ask a neighbor kid, offer him some cash and you have one thing on your list that is off. New restaurant opening and you can’t bear to take your kids with? Talk to a fellow parent and offer kid swap, you go out one night and they watch your brood, they go out and you watch their kids. No money exchange!
10. Thank your village. Call your friends, ask how they are doing. You might be surprised how amazing a simple 10-minute conversation can shift your focus off the negative and into the positive.
I hope these help you and can bring you to a better place every day. If you are looking for a daily book to help, here is something I found called Start Where You Are: A Journal of Self-Exploration