“Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation. Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.” – Lorraine Cohen
Summer is ideally a time to kick back, but unfortunately for most of us, a day at the beach and an afternoon sipping lemonade in the sun is just not in the cards. Being busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but forgetting to take care of ourselves because we are too busy definitely is.
Stress takes a toll on us emotionally and physically when we forget to make time for just us.
It is much too easy to get so caught up in the day to day to-do’s that we completely let our own well-being slip away. Set aside a block of time each week to have some quality you time – and to help you get started, here are a few easy and quick ways to put yourself first.
1. Go for a Workout
This is one of the simplest and most beneficial ways to give yourself “me time” to clear your thoughts. Head to the gym, sign up for a yoga class, or just simply take a walk outside. Working out is great for your health and helps relieve stress – and if you recall from the classic line from Legally Blonde – “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”
2. Get Your Nails Done
There is something about having freshly primped and polished fingers and toes that does the soul good. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi at your nearest spa, and get pampered with some aromatherapy and quiet time. Or, if you like to do your own, pick up a new summer color and dedicate some time just to yourself.
3. Take a Bubble Bath
This is a “me time” classic. We all gotta get clean, right? Skip the shower and opt for a soak instead – add a capful of lavender scented bubble bath and a scoop of epson salt to warm, running water, light a candle, turn the lights down, and relax. You deserve it.