Life for me has been a little all over the place lately. From getting ready for the holidays, middle of the year testing for school, and daily life. I’ve been feeling out of focus and needed to be reminded of why I began myself care journey. In the video below I share a few of my go-to self-care tips.
Lately I have been unplugging from social media and focusing more on my mental and physical well-being. One way I have done this is by diving back into my book collection. Whether it be for pleasure or gathering information, reading has been a lifelong passion of mine. Since I’ve been spending less time browsing timelines and liking pictures, reading and journaling have taken their rightful place as the center of my attention. So today I wanted to share some of my favorite books in hopes that the words will leap off of the page and into your hearts as they have for me.
Ntozake Shange– For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
Alex Elle-Words from a Wander
Alysia Nicole Harris- How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars
GG Renee Hill- Wallflower
How have you been nourishing your mind lately? Comment below and let me know your favorite books.
“Self care is a divine responsibility.” –Danielle LaPorte
Self care has become a frequently used word in my daily life. Initially I thought of self care as just taking care of your physical being(pedicures, washing your makeup off, etc). But as I continued to travel deeper into my self-love journey I have learned self care encompasses care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.
One of the best times to focus on self care is at night while preparing for bed. Creating a routine that helps wind down from the stressors and chaos of the day could include things like reading a book, journaling, or having a cup a tea. The key is to simply make time for yourself. I am a huge advocate of self care for moms because it is very easy to be so consumed with the hustle and bustle of family life that we neglect ourselves. True self care to me goes beyond beauty; it is taking care of your mind, body, and soul. In order to be the best version of yourself, you have to first take care of YOU.
Here are some essential items in my nightly self care routine.
- Good Night Darling Co: Lounge black lavender soy candle
- Lush: Bath Bomb ( my favorite is the Yoga bomb)
- Lush: Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar
- Good Night Darling Co: Fade to Black herbal tea blend
- Writing the Layers: Self-discovery workbook by: GG Renee Hill
Beginning as far back as high school, I have always been an advocate of healthy skin care. Like many unlucky teens I struggled with acne breakouts, making it a necessity to increase my skin care knowledge. As I got older my breakouts greatly decreased but I still maintained my healthy skin care regimen. Lately, because of the summer weather and an increase in exercise, I have noticed my face has not been as clear as it usually is. Being the natural product junkie I am, I did some research and discovered the benefits of using turmeric facial masks to help with my resurfaced skin issues. Turmeric powder aids in fading dark marks, creates glowing skin and helps fight acne without the use of any harsh chemicals. Youtuber Bianca Renee has an amazing tutorial on making and applying a homemade turmeric facial mask.
(featured image via @elayna_thejunoesque)
From the need to feel perfect to being the best at any of my personal endeavors, I have always been my own biggest critic. If I wanted to try and create a positive spin on this I could say being hypercritical of myself makes it extremely easy to take criticism at work or maybe that it helps me stay organized to prevent being unprepared. But in all honesty being my own biggest critic causes me to overthink literally everything to the point that it stresses me out and causes me to have self-doubts. These feelings have led to me try and find different outlets to help root out the negativity and lately writing has been my therapy. In the evening, as I’m winding down, I take the time to write myself a note of encouragement or a mantra to repeat when I need clarity or guidance.
Some habits are extremely hard to kill but as I travel through my self-love journey I will continue finding ways to help me overcome. I’ve been focusing on not being so hard on myself and accepting that sometimes it’s okay to be a hot mess. At some point in this lifetime, I will learn to accept my flaws, embrace my imperfections and enjoy just being me.