Save this post NEEEOW! It's time to talk secrets to self-care!!
In the last couple of years and particularly navigating COVID-19, the conversation about self-care was and continues to be trending. Everybody (and their momma) was screaming I NEED A BREAK and the majority of us really and truly didn't have the time to break away from our schedules, routines, habits, and plans.
But just as sure as the sky is blue, if you don't take care of your mental health it will certainly take care of you. You have to make time!!
We shouldn’t have to tell you how important self-care is, but it is. Time seems to be moving incredibly fast and the reward for us working so hard is oftentimes MORE WORK!
*cues the hamster wheel*
The truth is we know we need a break but we unfortunately prioritize ourselves last, can't seem to put work down, or have simply overcommitted ourselves to the to-do lists of others.
So if you're reading this message, listen closely...
YOU'RE BURNED OUT!!
No longer should you feel depleted, unmotivated, and unenthusiastic about life. And no longer should you be anchored to feelings of guilt for taking some much needed time out for yourself!!
The time is NOW and best part is we can always develop more healthy habits. It's just a brand new habit and one that you're intentionally dedicating to yourself.
If self-care is a new venture for you, the most simple method is doing whatever makes you feel your best self. In fact let's reframe the term self-care entirely. We're now going to call it self-preservation.
So whether that is doing face masks every week, taking relaxing baths, meditating, or getting massages regularly (which are amazing BTW) it’s important to do things for YOU.
There are so many different things you can do to take care of yourself but something not everyone does is a milk bath.
Things You'll Need
1 bag of powdered milk OR 1-2 gallons of whole milk (vegans: use nut milk)
Fresh flowers (approx. 3 bouquets)
Essential oils (lavender, peppermint, or jasmine are our faves)
Start by filling your bathtub with warm water then mix in the milk and epsom salt. Add in about 10 drops of essential oils. Cut off the stems of the flowers and add them in the bath.
The milk works to soothe your skin and leave it feeling super soft by working to exfoliate. This is thanks to the fat and protein in the milk, hence why you need whole milk. The epsom salt helps to relax the muscles and draw out toxins. The essential oils and fresh flowers add delicious smells to the bath and plus the flowers make the bath look gorgeous. Eucalyptus smells are also great too! They add a soothing smell.
To make your bath even more relaxing, put on a face mask while you soak or bring a book to read and play some soothing music (anything Jill Scott will do).
Once you're done with your bath, you can cozy up in a bathrobe. Your skin will feel super soft!
In the comments below tell us about your experience. Share some tips and techniques on how you're getting creative with preserving yourself?