I have been on vacation, but now I am back, and I wanted to share a post on self care. As a mother as well as a student it can be hard finding time to look after myself. However, I wanted to share how I have been able to incorporate self-care into my daily life.
De-Stress throughout the Day
During the day, I take my daughter to kindergarten, work on my studies for my master’s program, as well as cook dinner and clean. At times it can seem overwhelming, but I found little things to do during the day to help me de-stress. No matter how busy my day is, I make sure to take an appropriate lunch break. I will often eat leftovers for lunch, but I will also have pasta, soup, sandwiches, or salads. While I am eating lunch, I will normally watch Netflix which is a nice break from spending the morning reading dense research articles. When I am cooking and cleaning, I will listen to music or an audiobook on Libby, which helps me relax after spending my day studying.
“Me Time” in the Evenings
After my daughter is home from kindergarten, I will cook dinner and do any necessary cleaning. During this time I will not much time to myself except for maybe 10 minutes on the couch. That is why I set the time in the evenings after my daughter goes to sleep as “me time”. During my me time, I will not focus on any schoolwork or cleaning, and I will use this time to do something I enjoy. It can be anything from working on my blog to watching a Netflix show or reading a book. Having the time to focus on myself has helped improve my mood and prepares me for the next day.
Get Enough Sleep at Night
During the week, I try to go to bed by 10:30 PM to ensure that I can get 8 hours of sleep even when my daughter decides to wake up before 7 AM. The worst feeling is waking up feeling like a zombie from the lack of sleep and then having to jump into master’s level studies, which is difficult if I cannot focus. Along with having “me time” in the evenings, getting enough sleep helps avoid burnout and prepares me for the day ahead.
Have a Weekly Pamper Night
The previous ways I incorporate self-care into my daily life help improve my mental and emotional health, so to take care of my body I have a weekly pamper night. I have previously written about The Perfect Pamper Night, and during this time I will use face, hand, and foot masks to look after my skin and hair masks to take care of my hair. Setting aside time every week to focus on my body is an important part of my overall self-care routine and it also helps boost body confidence and improves my day.
If you would like to read more about self care, Lynn has a wonderful post on the 2021 Self Care Must-Haves!
How do you practice self care?