Self-care is essential and differs for everyone. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. The important thing is that you practice self-care; carve out some time for a day to do things that you enjoy and that will make you feel rejuvenated. Take a little time to think about what brings you joy. It may be something as simple as lighting your favorite candle or a bubble bath. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or decadent, it should simply bring you joy. This is what a typical at-home, a full day of self-care looks like for me. I always find myself feeling rested and recharged after a day of indulging in myself.
Let’s Make A Checklist
Whether you know it or not, making a checklist of the things you enjoy, makes it easier to remember to incorporate them when you decide to take a day, a half-day or a half hour to pamper yourself. My list is below.
1. Indulging In My Latest Streaming Addiction
For me, if there’s one essential to any self-care day, it’s a good streaming marathon. I’m a bit of a bing-a-holic! Watching shows one episode a day or at a time is nice, but knowing that I have an entire day to binge my latest obsession is priceless!! Seriously, it’s just a different feeling altogether. I’m a salty gal with a bit of sweet thrown in. So, I pop popcorn – on the stove top, I hate microwave popcorn or have a bag of Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips on hand for such an occasion, keep a nice bottle of wine on tap for the later hours and snuggle up in my favorite comforter and I’m good to go.
My current watch list? The Vow, Striker, White Lotus, House of Dragons, and The Lord of the Flies prequel on Amazon Prime. I’m always looking for recommendations though, so please share some of your faves with me in the comments!
2. A Perfectly Made Latte
It’s no secret that I love a good latte. I also love to support local coffee shops and I always walk around with one of our Effie’s Paper Travel Mugs for that very reason. However, if I have the time, I love to make fancy coffee at home. I learned how to make a great latte at the beginning of the pandemic when were were all stuck at home. Believe it or not, making lattes in the morning has now become a part of my daily routine. Curious about my daily coffee routine? Just click here.
There are lots of espresso makers on the market and trust me, I tested at least half of them. My go-to? My Nespresso Vertuo and Steamer, hands down. They were an investment but, well worth the money! Quite frankly, when I calculate the cost per use and think about all of the money I’m saving by not buying a latte daily, they’ve kind of paid for themselves.
3. Pretty Pajamas!
I’m a sucker for a pretty pair of PJs. What’s self-care if not indulging in the little things that make you happy? Trust me, if I’m spending a day at home lounging around, my pajamas will be making an appearance. I have a collection of comfy, cozy, and chic PJs that would give Hugh Hefner a run for his money! You can see some of my faves on my Instagram feed weekly if you ever want recommendations. You can also find links to some of my favorite sets on my LikeToKnowIt page.
True fashionistas don’t gate-keep their favorite pieces. I want to know all about your faves and I want to share mine with you! Honestly, most of my favorite sets are from JCrew, Kate Spade and ASOS.
4. A Good Book
I love books. I’ve been an avid reader my whole life. Before this thing called entrepreneurship, you could find me reading 3 – 4 books at a time. Here lately, I’m lucky if I read a book a quarter. The epitome of self-care for me is putting my phone in another room and diving headfirst into a good book. So, when I do take time to stop and smell the roses, you can usually find me reading some kind of murder mystery or books about worlds and cultures far from my own.
Anthony Horowitz is one of my favorite mystery writers; his book Magpie Murders was just turned into a tv series on PBS. Next on my list is Token Black Girl by Danielle Prescod, All These Bodies by Kendare Blake, and Still Life by Louise Penny.
That said, I’m always looking for recommendations – what books are on your to-read list?
5. A Nap… Or Two
Last but not least, no day of self-care is complete without a good long nap. Sometimes I fall asleep while watching tv or reading, but if I’m tired sometimes it’s harder to fall asleep. Crazy, right? But true. So in those instances, I usually draw the shades to make my room den-like and turn on an audiobook or a podcast. Typically, I’m asleep before the first 5 minutes have played. The best feeling? Not having to set an alarm and allowing my body to wake itself up.
That’s A Wrap
So, that’s my formula for a day of self-care day at home. Everything seems doable after a complete day of relaxation. I’m always ready to hit the ground running the next day and get a head start on my TO DO List. And over the course of time, I’ve learned that if I don’t have time for an entire day of indulgence, picking one or two activities from my list above is almost just as good. What are your self-care must haves? Let me know!
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