5 Ways to Self-Care at Home

These past couple of weeks have been so exhausting! With summer school I have been finding it a little difficult to unwind at night. My life is always going to busy especially with two growing kids (I can’t believe that Ryland is in Kindergarten!). I realized that my life isn’t going to slow down, it may even get busier! So, I wanted to find easy ways to take care of myself before bed after the kids were tucked in and sound asleep. Here are my 5 ways to self-care at home, after hours:

  • Bubble Bath – this may seem like a no brainer, but it truly is so beneficial for relaxing especially after a long day. I use my children’s bedtime bubble bath wash from Johnson’s because it is so gentle and soothing.
  • Exfoliate and Mask – I love getting facials, but sometimes it can be difficult to make it to a spa. So, why not make your own mini spa at home? I always start off with this Arcona exfoliator, it is so gentle for my sensitive skin but it does the work and smells just like cranberries. After exfoliating, I will then finish the night off with a mask from Glossier for about 15-20 minutes while I catch up on my TV shows.
  • Moisturize – I love applying moisturizer to my skin before bed, but how to really feel relaxed is to apply a generous amount of moisturizer to my hands and feet and then put “old”, but clean socks on my hands and feet to really lock in the moisture. I usually leave the socks on for about 20 minutes. Once you remove those socks your hands and feet will thank you! SO SOFT!
  • Stretch – If my body is ever feeling tight and tensed, I know that is usually the first sign of exhaustion. I like using this free app called SWORK IT. On SWORK IT you can choose how long you want to stretch from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and also the type of stretching you want to target for the day – head to toe, full body, or even Pilates.
  • Disconnect from Social Media – Sometimes I can get so caught up with social media and I watch one insta-story after another, and by the time realize it I am a couple hours in on Instagram or YouTube. With being on my phone late night this causes bad sleeping habits. Giving myself that disconnect from social media really encourages self-care. It promotes for me to actually have time to feel and think about the state of my body.

Self-care is so important and beneficial for not only you, but the people around you as well. My children get the best version of me when I take care and feel great about myself. Self-care doesn’t have to take hours at a spa or gym, it takes 30 minutes maximum or any amount of time that you have to spare. These are 5 easy ways you can take care of your body, mind, and soul – start tonight at home!

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  1. August 16, 2018 / 2:50 am

    Great post Jen! I especially like what you said about kiddos getting the best version when you do self care!

    • Pieces of Emerald
      August 16, 2018 / 2:52 am

      Thank you, Ashna! It is so true! we are always worried about making sure our kiddos are good to go that we often forget about what we need. thank you so much for reading!

  2. Rochelle
    August 16, 2018 / 4:26 am

    Wonderful easy tips. I feel relaxed already.

    • Pieces of Emerald
      August 20, 2018 / 6:25 am

      ha! thank you Rochelle 🙂