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In my recent quest to no longer be “that friend” (Read about how I came to that realization here) I have implemented a self-care routine. Here is my typical Sunday:
1. Turn On The Crockpot
This may seem weird to have cooking as the beginning of my self-care routine. But, I might argue that it’s the most important. Preparing a meal for a family of four takes time (especially when 3 of the 4 are males!). Without proper preparation I could spend a lot of my Sunday evening in the kitchen and not with my family or preparing for the week. Crockpot meals free up so much time to do those things and more. Click here for some of my favorite crockpot meals.
2. Alone Time Away From The House
After I make sure that my kids are fed, I leave. There is usually a 5-minute conversation about where I’m going, why I’m going alone, if it’s only for girls and soon. And, by conversation I mean my kids are asking me a million questions as I’m trying to escape. The pleasure I have by seeing that garage door go down knowing I am in the car by myself is indescribable. My destination is usually either a Starbucks or Target. My choice depends on if I want to get work done or if I want to lie to myself and say I’m just going to walk around. My last “walk around” trip cost me over $100!
3. Buy Something For Myself
Spoiler alert. This is usually food. While I’m out alone, I eat. Moms, you know this is a rare occasion. Whether I have a full plate of food or a bottle of water, my kids want some! So, I take full advantage of being able to eat and drink uninterrupted. One Sunday I went to the Steak and Shake after my Target trip. I pulled into a parking spot and had the best burger of my life! Tip: Get a vanilla milkshake with hot fudge. Life. Changing.
4. Take A Bath
A real bath. In the bathtub. Taking the time to actually sit, soak andluxuriate in the bathtub is the definition of self-care for me. Everyone should make room for quiet time. On Sunday evenings, this is when I havemine. However, there are some days whenI take this time to listen to a podcast or watch a tv show in peace.
5. Face Mask
This is a newer one for me. Within the past few months I started using face masks and it has been a game changer. After relaxing in the bath laying back with a sheet mask is the icing on the cake. If you’re late to the party like me, get with it! Here are a few that I like: