You’ve heard it before—self-care is important. You know in your gut it’s true. I hope you are allowing your head and your heart to follow.
Because self-care can sometimes feel selfish, experts play to that emotion: You can’t get water from an empty well. In an airplane emergency, you put the oxygen on yourself first so you will be in a condition to help others.
At the risk of sounding selfish, let me just say self-care is also important because YOU are important. Your health and your happiness are of value in and of themselves.
Now that I’ve accepted both of these premises: self-care is important for my own well-being and for those I love, I regularly make time for self-care. For example, I meditate daily; I exercise most days; I get my nails done every other week; and I get monthly massages.
What I haven’t done before is taken a full day just for me. Recently I did just that. When I told my husband my plans for a day of pampering, he asked who I was going with? “Just me,” I replied. I can’t really blame him for his confusion. Every previous trip to the spa included my daughters, my sisters, or even my husband. And I love that fun time together. Would the experience be as enjoyable by myself? I was about to find out.
So here’s how my Day of Me looked.
I got up early and went to the Orangetheory Fitness studio for a high-energy workout. Now that might not sound like pampering to some, and if you don’t enjoy your workout, I definitely wouldn’t include that in your Day of Me (and maybe find a new workout routine). As it turns out, it was a partner workout, which I don’t always love, but this day I paired up with Brittany, who I had never spoken with before. She was friendly and encouraging. I had a great workout and made a new friend. (The gentleman in between us in this picture is our coach, Doug.)
After my workout, I popped next door to the Protein Foundry for a yummy peanut butter smoothie.
After a quick shower, I went to the Sego Lily Spa for a red hot apple toddy pedicure. It was as wonderful as it sounds. It included a soak with a bath bomb, an apple sugar scrub, a calf and foot massage, paraffin wax, and toenail painting. I was served hot tea and chocolates during the process.
Next was a quick run through the Arctic Circle drive-through and eating fast food in my car as I hurried to my next appointment. Okay, eating fast food in my car probably doesn’t sound like self-care, but the fact that I honored my hunger and let myself enjoy the food without guilt felt like self-care. (Sorry no photos of my hamburger and sweet potato fries. You’ll have to trust me that they were yummy.)
And finally, I got my hair cut and colored at McCarty Salon. Besides enjoying the final results, I love the process–having someone else wash, cut, and style my hair, complete with a scalp massage. I was so relaxed by then, I forgot to take any photos in the salon. We’ll have to make do with this selfie on the way out.
All in all, my Day of Me was a success. I left the house at 7:30 in the morning and returned at 5:00 that evening, feeling refreshed and peaceful, ready to jump back into my regular life.
I think I’ll implement an annual Day of Me. Will you join me? What activities would you include in your Day of Me?
- What activities would you include in your Day of Me?
- Do you feel guilty when you take time for yourself?
- What else is on your mind? Anything at all. I just love to hear from you.