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!