The term self-care is used all over the internet but I struggle with the how and when of it all. It just dawned on me this year how much I neglected really taking care of myself. Last year, I started taking my health seriously by choosing to commit to a fitness regimen and eating better. It is week 37 and I am extremely pleased with the results and the need to schedule my fitness sessions each week and plan my meals accordingly. It was never about losing weight but building a more fit and leaner body. The true key to results is consistency in working out and committing to eating the right foods that help with meeting goals. I am more conscious of why I need to eat certain foods and why I refrain from certain foods.
Another focus for me is to carve out time to treat myself to something simple. When I have a few hours or a least an hour to spare I started scheduling a nail polish change, manicure or pedicure as a treat. For the first time in my 48 years, I scheduled a facial. What in the world is wrong with this picture? It was the best experience to have a treatment that keeps me on top of my skincare. It was the best fifty minutes spent in a long time for me to relax and enjoy the pampering. I found the best aesthetician in the area who is the absolute best for skincare treatments. The best part for me is hours on Saturday and Sunday. I have committed to scheduling one service per month. For me to commit to anything monthly is a first. Next, on my agenda is to schedule a massage quarterly. I think my last message was four years ago and I only scheduled a 1/2 hour. Again, what was I thinking? I have a favorite place for my massages and plan to return shortly.
Also taking time away to decompress is a MUST! I am now looking at this as an investment in myself.