7 Ways to Make Time for Yourself

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Let’s be honest with ourselves – life is busy. The days are filled with work, family, errands, appointments, and more. Sometimes we become stressed and tired, especially if we spend more time caring for others and neglect caring for ourselves.

Whether it is five minutes a day or an hour a week, make it a goal this new year to add self-care into your schedule. Some of the many self-care ideas are below. However, it is important to always choose an activity that is fun and relaxing for you.

  1. Exercise: Take a walk, join a gym, or participate in a fun class at the Y. Being active is good for your mind, body, and spirit. Research suggests aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. Don’t consider yourself too busy to exercise. If 30 minutes seems too much at one time, break it into smaller increments. Try 10 minutes at a time and then build up to adding 30 minutes into your daily schedule.
  2. Schedule a digital detox: We are attached to our electronic devices and rely on them most of the time. However, when we are dedicated to a screen, such as our phones or computers, we are detached from those around us and from ourselves. Make it a priority to devote an hour or two per day to place your devices in a different room and not to touch them. Then, try it for an afternoon or whole day during the weekend. Think about it – don’t you feel stressed out by constantly checking your emails, looking at social media profiles of others, comparing your life to theirs? The more time you spend away from your device, the more time you’ll feel relaxed and more confident in your own life.
  3. Develop a new hobby just for yourself: One of the main things in self-care is making sure you are putting yourself first. It isn’t a time to feel guilty that you aren’t taking care of others or indulging in something you normally won’t do. It is a time to better yourself, so you can be a better person for your loved ones. A way to do just that is by developing a new hobby or restarting one that you had given up, one that is just for yourself. Maybe it is reading a book each night, sewing, coloring in a coloring book, or listening to a podcast. A hobby should be something you enjoy and want to do in your “me time.”
  4. Declutter: For me, I can get stressed out when things are all over the place and in a mess. To help with that, decluttering and cleaning up is the key. Every now and then, declutter a certain area in your home. It might be changing your wardrobe every three months and giving away pieces of clothing that you haven’t worn in a long time. Or you could use five minutes of each day to tidy up a corner of a room until it is done. When things are in place, our minds are calm.
  5. Educate yourself and learn something new: If you or a loved one are dealing with an illness, major life change, etc., research the situation and learn about all the different elements of how you are able to help. Sometimes being in the know about something takes away a great deal of stress. Also, learn something to broaden your horizons. Have you always wanted to learn another language or how to do a special skill? Now is the time.
  6. Change things up: Take a different route to work or go to that new restaurant you have always wanted to try. It is pivotal to have a routine, but every now and then, be spontaneous and try something new. An example could be making each Friday night the night to do something different. Do a new activity with your family and friends each week.
  7. Reward yourself after accomplishing a small or difficult task. Overcoming all types of obstacles should be celebrated. Reward these times with a pedicure, going to a fancy store, etc.

Self-care needs to be a priority for everyone and a part of a person’s to-do list. Find something that helps you and don’t feel bad taking the time to focus on you. As mentioned above, self-care makes you a better person.

xoxo,

Megan

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4 Beauty Products I Can’t Live Without

It is very rare for me to find a beauty product that I love and will use for a long time. My skin is fickle; it is oily one day and dry the next (thanks to my eczema). So, when I find a product with proven success, I love to share my enthusiasm and results! Here are my top 4 beauty products I can’t live without.

  1. Bio-Oil: This skincare product is great for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging and dehydrated skin. It’s ingredients moisturizes and nourishes skin, leaving it soft and glowing.
  2. Target Up & Up Eczema Moisturizing Cream: I have eczema. Some days it is fine, while other days I feel like I want to scratch my skin off. For really bad flare ups, I use a prescription cream, but for everyday use my go-to is Target’s Up & Up Eczema Moisturizing Cream. It was just as great (if not better) than the Aveno type and has oatmeal in the ingredients.
  3. Biore Baking Soda Pore Cleanser: I have used baking soda and water to exfoliate my skin before. Love the results, but didn’t love the mess it made. So, when Biore came out with a baking soda cleanser, I knew I had to try it. Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how much I love this product. It is great for washes and a great make-up remover. From using it, my face is shiner and healthier with little to no pores and blackheads.
  4. Vaseline Lip Therapy: I seem to also keep chapped lips, but with Vaseline Lip Therapy, my lips are smooth and hydrated. Plus, I use the Rosy Lips tin, which gives a slight rosy color to my lips. Perfect for the times you don’t want to use lipstick, but still want a little color.