It’s a widely used term in the mental health arena especially on social media. But what does it mean to practice self care and why is it so important for those of us with a mental illness – and even those without?
For me self care is expressing myself artistically and surrounding myself with positive and accepting people. It’s also taking care of my outward appearance (spa days!) and forcing myself to take time for me. And trust me, as a mom of three and a police wife, alone time is hard to come by.
Whether you have a mental illness or not, it’s important for everyone to take that walk to their happy place. It’s only here that we can regain equal footing again and tackle any problem with the full force of our true selves
On the surface, my self care routine seems normal enough but when you throw in my general avoidance of others and my slight phobia of being touched by people I don’t know, it makes it pretty dang tough for a girl to score a day at the spa. Spa days like this usually end in anxiety and mental fatigue for me. It’s quite the opposite outcome I was searching for
So when I do manage to eek out some alone time, my own spa is waiting at home. I’ve mentioned in a previous blog that I’m a bit of a hippie at heart and a creative spirit. These things come in handy when it comes to whipping up just the right recipe for relaxation.
Feel free to give some of these recipes a try. Let me know what you think. Here are some of my favorites:
You can use this 3 ingredient recipe to remove hair basically … everywhere. It’s very easy and it really does work. In levels of difficulty to master, this is Spa 101.
Next up is Homemade Brown Sugar and Coconut Oil Scrub
This stuff is AMAZING! With Christmas coming up, I plan to make a little extra and send my boys to school with some for their teachers.
I usually follow this scrub up with some self tanner (the only thing I don’t make). I prefer the kind of sun in a bottle versus the real thing. You know, cancer and all …
This is no joke, y’all. I did this three days ago and my hair still looks and feels like silk. I couldn’t find my recipe exactly so you can do this one ☝️ or mine which is 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and one raw egg. Put the mixture in damp hair and cover with a shower cap or plastic bag. Leave it on for an hour and then shampoo and condition as usual. Make sure you rise with lukewarm water or you risk cooking the egg.
Have any recipes you swear by? I’d love to give them a try. I hope these help you along the road to your happy place.
If you’re still searching for more, I suggest trying Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t stay on too long though. We do have a tendency to start many projects at the same time and what better place to come up with 100 at the drop of a hat.
Best of luck!