Need a few ideas for taking better care of yourself this season?
Let’s ask some busy homeschool mamas:
Mary Wilson from Not Before 7:
“I love to find simple ways to spoil myself that don’t take a lot of time. I keep a St. Ives Facial Scrub in the shower and a Baby Bliss Lip Exfoliator by the sink. Twice a week I take a few extra minutes in the morning to spoil myself and my skin. ”
Shawna Wingert from Not The Former Things:
“Every year, when it starts to get cold, I buy a pack of 3 new, nice, cozy socks. I splurge on the really nice, really soft ones that are just perfect for nighttimes on the couch or early mornings with coffee. They are too thick to even really wear with shoes – totally useless except for coziness.”
Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners:
“Take care of yourself in the midst of the busy … Meet a friend for coffee, sip a glass of wine, read a good book, go for a walk. I love curling up on my couch with a favorite book (I’ll admit to being a long time Nora Roberts fan), my Tervis Tumbler full of Chamomile Lavender Tea, snuggled under my down throw blanket.”
Alicia Hutchinson from Learning Well Community:
Cait Curley from My Little Poppies:
Cait’s suggestions for relaxation: Tension Tamer Tea (Celestial Seasonings), Dr. Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salts for the tub, Julie Bogart’s books, Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne.
Dianna Kennedy from The Kennedy Adventures!:
Dianna’s favorite self-care tip: “Getting up early enough to enjoy hot coffee in a pretty mug.”
Jamie Martin from Simple Homeschool
Jennifer Mackintosh from Wildflowers and Marbles
“My self care tip is: PLAN IT! I’m afraid I viewed self care for the longest time as just-another-thing! And I didn’t have time for just-another-thing in the middle of laundry and babies and books and meals. Or so I thought. And then a few years ago I really began looking hard at the big picture – at investing in my marriage and taking care of myself as a way of being able to better take care of my family.
But it wasn’t second nature for me and I was late in building some self-care habits so I literally planned for it in my planner. As I saw my reminders in my planner, I’d hold myself accountable and grow the habit.”
Kortney Garrison from One Deep Drawer
“A few years ago I heard about the idea of active rest–moving your body as a way to replenish it. I’m not an athletic person. To me rest is all about hot coffee and a good book!
But stepping outside, breathing in the cool air, noticing the angle of the light or the arrival of migrating birds–these experiences bring rest, *active* rest.”
And for my indulgence … new boots! Because warm, dry feet are the ultimate in self-care. The UPS man will drop them off at your house and returns are free and easy. What did introverts do before Amazon?
Dawn Garrett from Ladydusk
“Because we all need a laugh this time of year.”
Pam Barnhill from PamBarnhill.com
Dawn Hannigan from By Sun and Candlelight
“The first thing I think of when someone mentions self care, is carving out a little time for myself. When my mind is relaxed, the rest of me follows suit! So once (or hopefully twice!) a week, I book an hour with myself – enlisting the older kids to watch the youngers – and then I just sit and “putter.”
I’m not aiming to check anything off my to-do list, and my planner stays at my desk! Instead, I spend some time getting my creative juices flowing – maybe journaling or reading a few seasonal magazines … writing a letter to a friend perhaps, or working on a craft project. And I always make certain to prepare a special cup of tea for myself and pick a quiet place where I can’t be seen!”
Dawn’s favorite self-care item: Amazing Grace Shower Gel
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