“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise”
So, clearly it has been a bit of a rough time over here. But it is precisely because of these external factors that reminded me to take a bit better care of myself. I’m learning to carve out more time for myself so that I am not running on empty. Here are the things I have been doing to make myself feel extra good after covering the eat, sleep, function bit.
1. Buying food out.
I generally only eat food that I make and prepare for myself. This is for health reasons, and simply because it saves a ton of money. But when I am down, a enjoy treating myself to foods that I enjoy (mmm fries), or foods that are too bothersome for me to make myself (hello raw vegan deserts). While it is easy to fall into a trap of “treating yourself” it is good to nourish the body with the best foods when you are emotionally down. Sometimes it’s emotional nourishment. I’m only human.
2. Using body lotion.
I am not terrrrible at the body moisturization game, but it is easy to neglect exfoliating and moisturizing on a semi daily basis. Although, using natural, non-stripping soap does really help. Keeps everything balanced. Anyway, I have enjoyed keeping my whole self in a constant state of softness. Feels quite luxurious.
3. Being better with my nails.
I hate chipped nails. Looks very unkept in my opinion. My hands are my livelihood, as a personal chef and artist. Keeping clean, neat hands is essential. Also, I am being better with hand cream (see point #2).
4. Making time for friends.
Always always always important. Keeping yourself busy and surrounded by people that make you laugh will always be the best medicine.
5. Being an extra good plant mom.
Sometimes life gets busy, and you start to neglect anything that isn’t essential to your own functioning. Don’t forget about the plant babies! Not only are they beautiful to look at, they’re soothing to care for.
6. Restarting the exercise.
After giving your mind and body a well deserved break, it is time to get back to it! My body does truly feel better when it is in motion.
7. Changing my sheets and towels.
Of course my first thought after emotional trauma is to completely clean my apartment. Scrub, vacuum, new sheets, new towels. Out with the old, in with the new. Time to start fresh.