A part of my 2018 goals was to build a stronger body, mind, and soul. In other terms, I want to take care of myself. In year’s past, I’ve always put my needs and wants to the side, and it really weighed on me. I noticed an unhealthy body and mindset. As I went through a lot of changes this past year, I decided that it was time to really concentrate on being the best person I can be. To be positive, healthy, and strong in all areas of my life. To help conquer and keep this goal of mine, I designated a self-care routine. I’ve broken it down into morning and night:
AM self-care routine:
Breathing exercises: Before jumping out of bed, I give my body a couple minutes to adjust. I set my alarm for about 5 minutes before I need to be up. I lay in bed and do breathing exercises for those 5 minutes. Deep breaths in, hold, and out through the mouth. During this time I think, pray and meditate. Since doing this I have felt refreshed, even if it’s 6:00 am.
Skincare: Once I wake up, I go straight to getting ready for the day. This includes spending some time on my skin. I always feel better when my face is clean and looks healthy. I splash my face with cold water. This help me to wake up, and it feels great on my skin. I’ve been using a lot of great skincare products, you can view my video all about them here.
Breakfast: I never realized how important breakfast was to waking up, and starting the day on the right foot. I know we have all heard the phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and I never really took that to heart until this year. Eating a healthy breakfast helps your metabolism, promotes weight maintenance and helps maintain your glucose levels. I’ve noticed increased energy, and that I’m less likely to have “hangry” spells throughout the day. Once I’ve had my breakfast, I’m ready to get going on work and schedule for the day.
PM self-care routine:
Exercise: I typically get my exercise in at night-It just works better for my schedule. I typically spend about 10-15 minutes doing either a HITT routine or pilates routine. I have found some great routines on Pinterest. I know 10-15 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot to some, but really it’s all I have time for. I would rather put in at least something, rather than nothing at all.
Hair Care: Who knew hair care would be so important for your overall health? I had a hormonal imbalance in college that forced me to lose a lot my hair. I have since dedicated my time to building my hair back to be healthy and strong. I get regular trims every 6 weeks, yes, even though I’m growing out my hair. A trim really helps promote healthy looking hair. You can visit your local Hair Cuttery to get a great cut and style! I also use a heat protectant to protect my strands, and give it shine. I am using the “Cibu Argan Oil Treatment“-it’s non greasy, and great for even my finer hair. I use it once I get out of the shower and it really gives my hair a nice shine without weighing it down, it also has majorly reduced my frizz. Another important product for healthy hair, is a hair mask. I’ve been using the “It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask” recently. Again, this is a lightweight product, that also surges your hair with moister and replenishes what the environment has stripped away. Once a week, I apply this mask to my hair while in the shower. You can find these products and other great hair products at your local Hair Cuttery! I’ve noticed such a positive difference in how healthy my hair is looking and feeling. When our hair is healthy, we can have such a positive self confidence!
Phone Control: I may be in bed, but staying up on my phone has really caused me to lose much needed sleep. It’s so important to give your body the rest it so desperately needs, and Instagram is not as important. I put my phone on my dresser around 10 PM, after setting my alarm, and then I leave it. For the most part, I turn off my notifications and leave it there until the AM. That way I can concentrate on getting a good nights rest.
Bedtime: I value my sleep. I need my sleep in order to conquer my day. For the most part, I get my 8 hours, and it really has helped me to stay focused, be alert, and feel better throughout the day. Giving yourself a “bedtime” helps you to be aware of the time, and get the rest that you need.
I really hope this self-care routine posts encourages you to find your own self-care routine to live a healthier, balanced life.
Thank you Hair Cuttery for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.