Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Milso's Guide to Self Care

I never really understood the phrase "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" until I got older and started learning about the importance of self care. Self care can be easy when you live on your own and only have yourself to worry about. It gets a little more complicated when you start building a family and have multiple people on your list of responsibilities. I'm a firm believer that you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. This means taking care of yourself as well. That's why I'm bringing you a new series called "The Milso's Guide to Self Care."

For the first post of this series, I want to share ten simple ways that you can practice self care. Future posts will talk about finding time, prioritizing, and various other aspects of self care. In fact, if there's something keeping you from taking care of yourself, let me know about it in the comments!

I know your time is valuable, so I'm going to keep these short, simple, and to the point. Here are ten easy ways to practice self care.

Take a bubble bath. 
Schedule 45 minutes when you can take a bubble bath surrounded by your favorite scents. Don't have 45 minutes? Pick out a new body wash to enjoy in the shower. You have to shower after all.

Enjoy a drink.
Everyone's drink of choice is different. Maybe yours is a cup of coffee while mine is a glass of wine. Take a few minutes and treat yourself to your favorite drink. It'll definitely bring a temporary smile to your lips as you sip away your worries.

Paint your nails.
If time allows, I'd highly recommend treating yourself to a pedicure. If time (and money) doesn't allow for this treat, then I recommend doing an at home mani or pedi. A little color on your nails can definitely help brighten your day!

Sign up for the Military Spouse Wellness Summit.
This is a free event that's happening online so that you can enjoy it from the comfort of your couch at your own pace. If you want a little more information on the summit, you can check out this post where I went into more detail or you can just trust me and sign up here. There's a free option, so you really have nothing to lose. (Don't forget to help a friend out and spread the word about the event!)

Watch your favorite show.
There are so many different ways to watch shows anymore and a lot of them can be done from anywhere with the help of streaming. Steal some time out of your day to watch one episode of your favorite television show. Need a recommendation? Check out a few of our favorites!

Use a special body product.
Pick out a new body product to try and allow yourself to actually enjoy it. This could include a new lotion, sugar scrub, or even a face mask.

Plan a girl's (or guy's) night.
This one might seem difficult if you have to worry about finding a sitter. It doesn't have to be though. Technology allows for a lot of flexibility. You could plan an online girls night through Facebook or texting. Get creative and a solution can appear!

Read a book.
I love reading, but I find that I don't always "have time" to read. As a result, I started including it as part of my bedtime routine. I recommend reading one chapter before bed to relax your mind and body.

Create a happy playlist.
Compile all of your favorite songs onto a single playlist or CD. Use this playlist anytime you need a pick me up - or when you want to make household chores a little more fun. You have my permission to sing and dance.

Take a nap.
This one seems so simple but it can do a lot for our bodies. Sometimes a little extra sleep is all we need to get the pep back in our step. 

Which of these tips will you be trying out in the near future? Is there another way that you put yourself first? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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