In my early twenties, self-care became very important to me. Taking time to do things that made me happy and nurtured me from the inside out was a normal part of my routine. This got a little harder when I became a wife and mom. In all honesty, it fell by the wayside for some years. When our kids were little, self-care was put on the back burner. As my kids got older, I didn’t naturally resume self-care habits. It wasn’t until one day when my husband forced me to stop putting everyone first all of the time and to take time for myself. He noticed I was often unhappy and tired. I didn’t realize, the kids had gotten older and it was okay to not give them every bit of my time and energy.
When my youngest son was eight years old, I put me back on the priority list. I set a goal to cultivate a habit of pampering myself with quality products, food, and healthy habits again. Five years later, I am glad I did. I just turned 40 years old and I feel amazing. Here are some of the main habits that contribute to my youthfulness and overall inner peace.
1. Start every day with God.
Every morning when I wake up I talk to God. Then I read His words of encouragement, correction, and instructions in the Bible. I know I did not create myself and don’t have all of the answers. Taking time each morning to center my life on the one thing that never changes helps me keep everything else in proper perspective.
2. Drink lots of water.
Water is vital to our entire body both inside and out. The body is made up of 70% water and is necessary for our bodies to function properly. I use to get really bad headaches and learned headaches are an indication of water deprivation. Constipation is another indicator as well as dry mouth and kidney pain.
I start every day with a cup of water and drink up to ten cups a day at regular intervals throughout the day.
3. Hair, skin, and nail care.
Fridays are my pamper day. It’s the day where I set aside an hour or two to pamper whatever part of me needs pampering. The focus is usually on my hair skin and nails. This is my day to give myself a pedicure, manicure or restyle my hair. Fridays are set aside for beauty routines that take a little extra time.
During the week, I keep my hair, skin, and nails healthy by what I put on my body and in it. In addition to drinking water for radiant skin, I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin with Biotin twice a day. This, I think, has been one of the reasons my hair has grown so fast in the last three months. Since taking hair, skin and nail vitamins I’ve seen a big difference in the health and feel of my hair and nails especially.
The upside is it stimulates all kinds of good chemicals in your brain that make you feel good and optimistic. It also shapes and tones your body helping to improve the way you look physically. On the inside, it helps your heart, lungs, blood, muscles and arteries function better. When I started observing my mood and energy level on days when I exercised verses did not exercise, I saw a marked difference. My husband was actually the one who pointed this out to me.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a happier wife and mom when I have happy chemicals running through my brain and tons of energy.
So here what I want to challenge you to do. Create a list of activities that make you happy. Add at least on to the “personal” box on your daily planner page every day. Carve out time daily to do at least one thing that makes you happy. At the end of the week, use the planner kit note sheet to journal how this habit impacted you.