One month of the year has officially passed—how’s everyone doing on their resolutions/intentions/themes for the year? My focus this year is self-care and to hold me accountable to keep on pursuing it, I’m hoping to do regular updates here to share how it’s going. I spent the majority of January sick with a never-ending cold, which really just proved to me how much I’ve been neglecting self-care. Jack and Brian didn’t even get sick, so it’s pretty clear whose immune system is the weakest around here! Other than resting to keep my cold from getting any worse, here are a few ways I’ve been practicing self-care over the past month:
Instead of my old staple of cheese and crackers, I’ve committed to eating more nutrient dense meals during the day. Lately that’s been HUGE salads (with nuts and fruit and avocado) or a hearty soup like lentil or vegetarian chili. Also, I’m getting better about taking my vitamins!
A restful, consistent nighttime routine
To help me get more restorative sleep (a cornerstone of self-care for sure), I realized my evening routine needed to set me up for success. First, I have a nightly skin care routine I follow that has become really relaxing (micellar water / serum / cleansing balm as an overnight mask). Once I’ve done that and brushed my teeth, I spray an essential oil spray on my sheets and pillow and grab a book for 5-10 minutes of reading (or more if I’m not that tired). I’ve also moved my phone charger into the bathroom so I’m not tempted to scroll Instagram or read email before bed.
For every cup of coffee, I’m drinking a full glass of water (on top of the water I normally drink). I also have tried to replace some of my daily coffee with green tea or herbal tea to reduce my caffeine consumption on days I don’t really need it.
I’d love to hear how you’re doing with your goals for the year—share in the comments!