The term “self-care” is everywhere these days (and for good reason, darlings!). The idea is to make sure to fill your own cup and that you are doing things for yourself and for your mental health. As women over 50, we can’t lose sight of this. I know we love to do for others and I know much like me, you are so busy you are dizzy! So, are there quick ways for you to care for yourself and give yourself a respite to decompress while accomplishing a goal? And how can we accomplish self-care and improve our emotional health?
How to Practice Self-Care — Do it Your Way
Personally, I like to take long showers (with these shower steamers) and long walks. I enjoy taking America out around the town and coming home to make coffee and breakfast for myself and my Ultimate Concierge. That, to me, is self-care. However, self-care looks different for everyone. You should find simple ways to practice self-care that makes you feel more at peace, more relaxed, and more ready for the next challenge in your life.
The exploration of self-care is not an easy one, especially when faced with unforeseen trama like what we experienced during our time in Elsewhere. We’ve all experienced moments of lethargy, loneliness, and sadness, but it’s precisely during these times that self-care becomes paramount. It’s the lifeline that will help us not just survive, but thrive with gusto, even when the world turns upside down.
What Self-Care Should NOT Look Like
Here’s what we need to understand, if something does not bring us personal joy and peace, it is not self-care, no matter what influencers or people we know swear by. Me included! If I suggest something, it’s because it works for me. If it doesn’t float your boat, then skip it, darlings! We are all different, thank God for that!
That being said, here are some things that could benefit everyone:
- Getting enough sleep (here are some tips for better sleep for women over 50)
- Deep breathing
- Physical self-care (have you considered a pedometer?)
What About Spiritual Self-Care?
When I talk about spirituality, I’m not necessarily referring to religion. There are so many spiritual connections that can bring us a sense of calm, like nature and even a connection with our pets! Take it from me, darlings! We must always be open to spiritual serendipity!
My Best Tips for Practicing Self-Care
#1 Start Small
Self-care doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Start with small, achievable steps. Dedicate a few minutes each day to deep breathing exercises or a short walk in nature. These small moments of self-care can have a profound impact.
#2 Prioritize Yourself
No matter our stage in life, we women often find ourselves juggling numerous roles and responsibilities. Self-care requires setting aside dedicated “me” time, without guilt. It’s not selfish — it’s self-preservation. Not to mention, when our own cup is full, we are better able to care for those around us.
#3 Create a Support System
I’ve talked about my love of women’s groups and support systems. Women need women! Whether it’s online, like the wonderfully supportive community of women in my private Facebook Group, or in real life. If you’ve come to realize that you don’t have women that you can turn to in your life, it’s time to make it a priority!
#4 Embrace Your Sanctuary
Your home can be a sanctuary. Nature makes me feel at peace, which is why I’ve filled my home with fauna of all types. Not only does looking at them make me happy, but caring for them, too! Make your home a place that soothes your senses, where you can find peace and inspiration. Surround yourself with things that make you happy and create an environment that nurtures your well-being.
My Personal Favorite Self Care Products That I Use Every Day
Here are products that I personally use every day and most of them are very inexpensive and I get them from Amazon. (All but my beloved La Mer Cleansing Lotion, which I get from Saks.) I truly believe that you can find wonderful self-care items that don’t cost a fortune but are just right for you and your routine.
These Self-Care Practices Promote Health
Fortunately, I think the beauty industry has caught on and has created products that not only make us stop and relax, but are good for us too. Bath bombs with nutrients, aromatherapy shower steamers, face masks that improve moisture or reduce oil all have those “self-care” properties while also taking care of something else. You can’t exactly run errands in a sheet mask! It forces you to sit down and think or read or watch a short television show while still accomplishing something else that is good for you. What is better than accomplishing two things at once?
Self-care for women over 50 is not a luxury; it’s a necessity! So let’s talk about some quick ways to accomplish self-care for women over 50. All of these things are relatively inexpensive and can support your wellness journey right in your own home.
Essential Oils for Managing Stress
There are many ways to use calming essential oils in a self-care routine including compresses and putting them in a bath. Lavender, chamomile, and rose are good options for essential oils. Here are some products that incorporate them:
Coach Soak: Muscle Recovery Bath Soak – Buy it, HERE.
Everyday Shea Bubble Bath – Lavender by Alaffia – Buy it, HERE.
Bath Bombs & Bubbles for a Soothing Soak
Bath bombs can add oils and salts to your bath which are great for your skin. Milk powder and olive oil are two ingredients to look for in a bath bomb. Here are some suggestions:
Lovery Bath Bomb Body Care 11 Piece Gift Set – Buy it, HERE.
Lavender Bubble Bath Bomb – Buy it, HERE.
24 Handmade Organic & Natural Bath Bombs – Buy it, HERE.
Don’t Forget Tea!
Tea is full of calming properties. Instead of reaching for a glass of wine, try a glass of tea instead. Make sure it’s caffeine-free so you don’t get jittery, and hop into a nice bath or watch a nice movie.
TAZO Herbal Tea Bags Soothing Hot Tea Dream Caffeine Free – Buy it, HERE.
Teavana Lemon Ginger Bliss, Herbal Tea With Citrus & Strawberry, Caffeine Free – Buy it, HERE.
Pink Stork Calm Tea: Lavender Herbal Tea – Buy it, HERE.
Take Time for Self-Care
More than anything I hope you understand how important you are and that you shouldn’t forget to care for yourself. I hope this story gave you a few ideas!
What do you do to enjoy self-care? Let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page. I want to hear from you!
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