5 Ways to Practice Self-Care

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog and this has been my longest break yet. I apologize for my absence but honestly, I just wanted to take a moment to take care of myself and I didn’t want to publish a poor quality post just for the sake of having something new up. Life has been pretty busy and overwhelming at times, so this break was much needed. I did not take new photos for this post. Instead, I’m using a roundup of older photos-hopefully you don’t mind! 🙂 I just want this post to be candid and talk about how I’ve been practicing self-care.

1. Learn to say no.
It seems like there’s always an event or social gathering happening all the time. I love spending time with family and friends but my calendar can get so filled up that I never get to catch a break. Sometimes I would feel obligated to hang out with close friends and family but I finally learned to say no. It’s just not possible for me to stretch myself thin and attend every single gathering. Learning to say no has given me the opportunity to practice self-care and just relax. Some people are understanding about it and then of course there are those who are not. I have to remember that people who actually care about me will respect that I need time off sometimes and there will always be plenty of opportunities to hang out in the future.

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2. Carve out some me time.
Since I’m a SAHM with a very energetic toddler, I’m running around trying to keep up with him all day long. To say that my days are tiring is an understatement! lol. This is why it’s so important to have time for myself, whether it’s through exercise, going for a walk, reading, taking a bubble bath, etc. These moments that I make for myself are crucial since they are very rare but they do make a difference because they help provide more happiness and clarity for me.

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3. Live in the moment.
I’m sure I have already talked about this in an old post but I’m going to say it again. We’re living in a world where everyone is on social media and as bloggers, we’re expected to always post and share what we’re doing. Not only that, our photos have to be high quality and fit our aesthetics to attract likes and followers. It can be stressful trying to get the “perfect” picture. I used to feel obligated to post on social media everyday but now I’m more focused on enjoying my time and living in the moment.

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4. Surround yourself with positive people.
I feel like this is also something that I’ve also mentioned in another post but I can’t stress it enough. Who you surround yourself with is so important because you need to have people who will understand you and uplift you. I try not to associate with individuals who are always critical and judging me based on what they perceive of me. I don’t need those types of people in my life and would rather be around thosee who radiate positive energy.

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5. Don’t forget to sleep!
Ok, this piece of advice is pretty funny coming from me because I am an extreme night owl! The only time I can get anything done is when Gabriel is asleep and by then, I’m exhausted and just want to tune out. However, I realized that I can avoid staying up to the wee hours of the morning by working more on time management and planning things further out. This means that I actually need to stick to my plans and not wait it out! My body will definitely thank me when I am well rested and I personally think this is one of the best way of self-care because more sleep means I am happier and more energetic. 🙂

Thank you so much for visiting! I really appreciate everyone who continues to support me and my blog. Please let me know if there’s anything you like to do to practice self-care! If you want to read some of my old similar posts about self-care then check out these posts here and here!

10 Comments

  1. May 24, 2017 / 8:16 AM

    Learning to say no is so hard sometimes! I always want to please people, but realize it’s not fair to myself.

  2. May 24, 2017 / 9:36 AM

    I’m all about self care and really enjoyed your tips! Learning how to saw no has been really important for me to learn over the years. Great post!

    xo, emma
    http://www.emmasedition.com

  3. May 24, 2017 / 10:31 AM

    This is a hard one for me, but I’m slowly realizing I need to make more changes – especially in saying no more often! By saying no, it opens us up to be able to say yes more freely when we can, but also taking time for ourselves. I also need to work on the sleep one!

  4. May 24, 2017 / 10:42 AM

    Love these tips! We often forget about self-care when caring for everyone else in our lives!

  5. May 24, 2017 / 12:07 PM

    Wise words! I’m also a stay at home mom of two little boys and I often put myself last. It has been very important for me to start giving myself time and rest. Having that time makes me a better mama!

  6. May 24, 2017 / 12:40 PM

    This is so well written! You and I are probably a lot alike and I took time for self care recently too. Life can be overwhelming at times and that’s ok. Just take care of yourself first!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

  7. May 24, 2017 / 9:40 PM

    It’s so hard sometimes as a mom to practice self-care. I fall into that trap too. Thanks for reminding me that I CAN take time for myself.

  8. May 25, 2017 / 7:22 AM

    I’m glad you’re taking care of yourself! I have to say no to an event that I wanted to go to tonight, because otherwise I’ll be stressed and up all night finalizing our supplies/camping for camping this weekend. It’s a bummer but I know it’s better for my body and mind. I hope that you feel better and more rested with your break!

  9. May 29, 2017 / 12:17 PM

    I hear you on alllll of this. I just stayed up until the wee hours updating my blog for the first time since there was snow okay the ground. It’s hard to juggle everything, but it’s great when I feel like I get closer to a healthy balance and when I get to take care of myself and get rest.

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