Self-care practices I’m loving right now
Self-care — it’s a term that I honestly feel is overused + overdone, but nonetheless critical to success.
Whenever I write or speak about self-care + wellness, I can’t help but reflect on my 20’s. When I first started my career, I was bright-eyed + bushy-tailed — as somebody who grew up with little guidance + virtually no mentorship, I went to college for 5 years not really knowing what I wanted to do with my degrees but simply pursuing my passions. Upon graduation, I tried a few different things for a few months and was happy, proud + grateful to have found a career path to follow within just a year of being in the “real world”. Although the industry was different (I studied journalism + anthropology) I felt like I had decided on the right path for myself — and I did.
Fast-forward just two months after making the declaration that I wanted to become a wedding planner, and I had a full time job in the industry. This type of job was few + far between so it felt sacred and I felt like the luckiest girl in the world.
I was a sponge — I wanted to learn + grow + exceedingly expectations + excel. Getting proper nutrition, working out regularly, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water got simply put on the back burner. I always say that I’m grateful for those years — I sincerely don’t think I would have grown in my career as quickly as I did if I wasn’t as laser-focused + balls to the wall as I was.
But as my career has progressed, and I’ve simply matured + grown up, my mindset has shifted — and I’ve come to realize how important self-care practices are. Whether you’re trying to avoid burnout, or simply taking care of your basic human needs, I wanted to share a few self-care practices that I’m loving right now!
A GALLON OF ALKALINE WATER — ALL DAY EVERY DAY
I can’t believe that years ago I would almost boast about going days without drinking water. We’re so silly when we’re young! I’m a big fan of alkaline water, and I’ve found that filling up 5-6 water tumblers + placing them around my space helps me drink more, and more often.
DAILY HOT YOGA
This daily 60 minute practice has become sacred to me, and although I’ve been a practicing yogi for well over a decade, incorporating it into my routine as a daily practice is new for me + it’s something I look forward to every day. I’m a big fan of any kind of workout, but truly — heated yoga is something special + is a complete body, mind, and soul workout. Not to mention the cleanse is so, so good for removing toxins + for your internal organs. I know many people shy away from
a heated practiced but if you haven’t already, try it — I promise once you go heated it will be hard to go back.
ALL NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS, SUPPLEMENTS + SKINCARE
I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve really enjoyed getting back to the basics, and incorporating clean beauty + skincare into my routine has been a big part of that. I get so many freebies from collaborations + events that I was feeling overwhelmed by the clutter — not to mention that once you do research on the ingredients that’s in a lot of our beauty products you find that a lot of it is really just poison. Supplements have also been a game-changer.
Some of my recent skincare faves include beef tallow, jojoba oil, fluoride-free toothpaste + oil pulling with coconut oil.
Fave supplements: Magnesium, Vitamin D + B12
I went through + deleted all of my text message threads a couple of months ago + it’s actually remarkable how much space it freed up in my mind. We almost never reference old texts, so this is really just digital clutter chilling on our phones, something we look at multiple times daily. If it’s something super important, I’ll screenshot it, and if it’s something I really think I’ll need to reference later, I’ll email it to myself. This digital detox also silencing ALL notifications — I check on things when I want to — and includes only checking voicemail once a month which has been a game changer.
Saying no — to people who don’t serve me, outings that don’t serve me, even clients who do not serve me has been my favorite thing to do as of late. Delegating tasks has also been extremely beneficial to my wellbeing to ensure that I am progressing in my life + career instead of holding myself back by clinging onto the notion that I must be busy at all times to be productive. Busy work, and honestly in many ways, hustle culture, is a slow death, and it will eat you alive if you let it.
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