One thing I've learned from owning my business? Prioritizing self-care and improving my mental health is pivotal. It's very easy to fall into the trap of working 24/7 because there is so much to do: buying ingredients to make my products, taking the time to create them and put them in inventory, market my business, and then actually sell them in different markets.
On top of that, I'm also raising a toddler by myself.
So, I'm not only providing for myself but also providing for another human being. It's easy to run around and take care of other people, and the times I think I'm spending on myself is actually time spent on growing my business.
With that being said, I've learned along the way that time cannot be replenished.
It's okay to stay home once in a while. It's definitely okay to embrace some me, myself, and I time. It's okay to take some time for yourself because you've earned it, and you matter.
It's also okay not to go out. Sometimes we feel pressure to go out because of FOMO (fear of missing out), right? Well, I call BS on that. You may "missed out" on some social activities, but what will you truly miss out on if you don't properly take care of yourself? Happiness and fulfillment, in my opinion.
I'm also a huge advocate for self-love, which you can read more about. To me, if you don't take care of yourself first, then everything else will spiral out of control.
Now, I'd love to share with you some of my favorite self-care ideas:
They really help me relax, meditate, and achieve fulfillment. I typically do one of these activities at least once a week, and enjoy a stay-at-home spa day as often as I can!
I'm splitting these up into 3 different categories: mind, body, and spirit. These are the 3 main aspects of our beings, and each aspect should be cared for accordingly.
Temporarily Deactivate social media.
It's so easy to get caught up in social media - wasting time scrolling endlessly through each app. The best way for me to distance myself away from the distraction is to just temporarily deactivate all social platforms. The result? I feel less pressure to grab my phone. It's so much easier to put it away and forget about it. Always remember that anything done excessively never turns out good.
Read an adventurous book.
In some ways, I'm the stereotypical millennial that enjoyed rereading the Harry Potter series and Twilight Saga growing up. So much so that my favorite stories inspired some of my products. But, what can I say? Reading is fun, and there are a lot of great stories out there.
Listen to a podcast.
We keep technologically progressing into the new century, and that means that you can listen to almost everything on audio now.
Decorate your home.
I appreciate minimalism and also making my home feel like part of me.
Listen to music.
Often times, music heals. It’s a low key form of mental therapy. Music is my #1 go to because it reduces anxiety and lessens stress.
Work on a DIY project.
As a creative person, I like to be creative every single day. I love putting handmade jewelry together, but I also like to browse Pinterest for new creative endeavors.
This has to be my favorite thing to do because I love to write. Writing and storytelling are forms of expressions that allow me to express a part of myself that I cannot any other way. It's like I'm able to spill everything that I'm thinking onto a piece of paper.
Fill in a coloring book.
Have you been up to date on the adult coloring book fad? It's really therapeutic.
Create a memory box.
As mentioned above, my son is already a toddler, and I love him very much. Kids grow up fast so it's good to hold onto the memories.
Entertain yourself with Netflix.
Sometimes, it's necessary to lay in bed and not move a muscle. Online streamers like Netflix make that relatively easy!
Watch videos on YouTube.
From time to time, I prefer YouTube because it's enjoyable to see what the lesser known content creators are up to.
Make a meal for yourself.
Honestly, I love cooking and baking, especially because it's an opportunity to bond with my son. He loves helping mommy mix the ingredients! But, there's also just something about cooking that feels creative. Plus, when I try a new recipe, I love that feeling when the food touches my taste buds for the first time!
Drink some herbal tea.
Drinking herbal tea is an old-school way to soothe your stomach, and boost your overall health.
Make a smoothie.
Smoothie-making is similar to cooking. It's enjoyable mixing different fruits and vegetables together.
Eat some dark chocolate.
Anyone else struggle with a sweet tooth? Dark chocolate is a great alternative to munching on candy, and it also pairs well with my next favorite thing to do.
Drink a glass of wine.
I'm a girl who loves wine. I sip on a glass while in the tub, at dinner, or reading a good book.
Take a long walk.
Walking is beneficial because we weren't designed to sit at a computer desk all day long. Our bodies were built to move! I like to daydream on my walks and envision the life I want to live. Then, I think of possible ways to put it to action.
Apply a face mask.
Skincare is a specific type of self-care, and it feels so good!
Take a hot bath.
Set up the temperature and pour some Epsom salt into the water. To make bath time even more relaxing, I light one of my soy wax candles, Linen Fresh or Butt Naked—Yes, the second one is actually the name of the candle, and surprisingly, it's my most popular!
In my opinion, I connect with my spirituality through God, music, aromatherapy, and gratitude. Spirituality is unique to everyone, but I believe it's important to take care of it.
Fill the room with a lasting aroma.
Speaking of soy wax candles, I also make air freshener sprays. If you know anything about me, I love aromatherapy. So, I like to spray a pillow with one of my sprays because it'll fill the whole room with an enticing aroma that lingers for several days.
Put on an upbeat song and dance away! Who cares? If you're home alone, nobody is watching anyway. There are so many benefits to dancing, and I think it's one of those activities that can help you connect to your mind, body, AND spirit at the same time. Simply put, dance to the beat of your own drums!
Write a love letter.
You can direct this at yourself and someone close to you. To me, love letters are a good reminder that I have a good life, despite all the obstacles. It's good to love on myself, but also my loved ones. There's just something finalizing about putting it into words.
Sit outside and enjoy the sounds of nature.
Tell me, when was the last time you took a seat in the middle of the local park? Stopped and listen to the birds chirping? Laid down by a body of water and listen to the water rush? There is something about soundwaves coming from natural entities that positively affect our brainwaves.
Sing to your favorite song.
I already told you to dance, now I want you to sing! Again, nobody is around to know what you're doing, so embrace it. Make a connection with yourself.
Spend 1:1 time with your Higher Being.
Prayer and meditation are important to me because they've helped me get through some of the hardest moments in my life.
Make a list of everything you're grateful for.
Gratitude is what will make you happy for what you have. It reminds us to stay humble and appreciate what's already in our life now. My mom always says, "When you complain, you remain. When you praise, you raise!"
That's what I love to do in my free time in a nutshell! It tends to be easier said than done when it comes to prioritizing self-care, but when you make it fun and relaxing, it's much easier to plug into your routine. Are there any activities on this list that you do? What's missing that you'd recommend? I'd love to hear about it. Leave me your comments below!