If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’m all about self care and mental health, and every few months or so I update my self care rituals to better suit my lifestyle and requirements at a given time. Going back through my blog posts, I realize that I never updated my list of self-care rituals post becoming a mother. Let’s face it, when life gets busy with a little one, self care goes out the window and a long ways away. However, my intention for 2022 is to make it a year to focus more on myself and my work. Hence, adding in more self care practices that work for me, myself, and I. So here is my updated list of self care rituals
*for my previous self care blogs, click here!
Actively Leaving the Room-Last month (January 2022), many family conversations circulated around the Omicron variant and the rising cases. Frankly, it stressed me out and gave me such extreme anxiety that whenever it was brought up I had to withdraw from the room. It got to a point where whenever we raised the topic I had to leave the room for my mental sanity because it was stressful for me. No matter how relevant or current event-ish a topic is, if it was stressing me out then that is a cue for me to leave.
Putting in Airpods- Another great way to withdraw from a less than fruitful conversation-plug in airpods and listen to a podcast. Significantly better than passively engaging in a conversation that unnecessarily causes stress. Now, I know there is a time and place for the extremely tough conversations and they are important, but I’m talking about the ones that we can’t do anything about. To me, those just cause stress.
Scheduling Time to “Do Nothing”-I didn’t realize how much I needed this until after Aisha was born. When she was a teeny tiny baby, I ensured that I would be super productive during her nap times to take care of all the other tasks. BUT that was a big mistake because by the time she would wake up from her naps I would be exhausted because I didn’t schedule in any chill time. Now, I make sure to have some chill time to sort of recharge. Her midafternoon nap is my chill time, where I’m usually watching a show and having a cup of coffee.
Skin Care-Skincare was always a part of my self-care practice. It’s just continuing. A weekly face mask with a few facial massages and sleeping masks go a long long way, and I’m definitely into them.
So that is my updated list of self-care practices, which one of these would you want to add to your routine??
I think scheduling time to do nothing is amazing! Sometimes you need that kind of “me time”.
I know I need that time for sure. It’s a chance for me to recharge.
I like the scheduling time to do nothing.
It does wonders!
I would like to start scheduling time to do nothing. Really I have never thought about this. I will try it to see how it helps my mental health.
I hope it does! Please do let me know about that!
These are so simple and so necessary!
Yes on the scheduling down time!!! So important. I’m very much of a go go go person so each week when I write out my schedule I make sure to have at least 1-2 days to do nothing!
Oh I can relate! Thats so good you take out time to not do anything!
Wonderful post. Never feel guilty taking care of yourself and scheduling time to do nothing. 💯‼️ Thank you for sharing 🤗
Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)
thank you for sharing! love the idea of scheduling time for nothing
Thank you so much!
So true. Mental health is so important.
Thanks for sharing the awesome list. Loved iť
Thank you so much!
Love this! Yes I need to remember to schedule more time to do nothing! I always feel like I need to be productive but I know I need to relax too. Thank you for sharing!
Girl same! and I felt so burnt out by the end of the day! I can totally relate!
This is such a good reminder, and honestly sometimes I need a reminder that it’s ok to do these things. Thanks for writing!
AWw I’m glad I was able to help!
Girl this list is brilliant and I’m sooo on board with all of these tips!! Especially love leaving a room if the convo is a stressor for you! Totally do that too! 🙌🏻
YES! It does wonders to my mental health!