3 Reasons for Midlife Self-Care

self-care Oct 22, 2020

Selfcare is the -buzz- word at the moment! We all know we have to take some time to give back to ourselves, but it seems like there is just never enough time, adding some extra 2020-Covid spice to the mix, then the self-care concept flies out the back door.

Nevertheless, it’s sometimes easier said than done!

I recall a few months back, I was desperate for a spa day, but with all the lockdown procedures, virtual school demands, the emotional rollercoaster and taking care of family and friends, I just did not have the energy to take any time for myself.

Well, I am blessed to have a fun, loving husband. He noticed that my personal wellbeing was hanging on a shoestring (although I believe he needed it himself as well) He surprised me the one evening with a store-bought facial mask and together we had a self-care date-night (although it only lasted for about 45 minutes before the demands of the household took over, but we did it.)

We both realised that it’s not about the quantity of time we spent on self-care or the expensive products we use, but that we took the time to invest in "me" time.

So, what were my 3 biggest takeaways from that evening of muddy facial masks, fun and laughter?

  • Mentally I had time to forget about the stress from the world (even if it was only for 45 minutes)
  • Emotionally, my hubby and I had 45 minutes of laughing therapy. We looked ridiculous with our green muddy faces, but we enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Physically we were able to sit back with a glass of red wine, candlelight and listening to our favourite South African music.

Now, I know you might say,

-         My husband would never do that, or

-         I’m single, or

-         What do I do for self-care?

Well ladies, don’t despair, here are 10 self-care ideas that will not take up a lot of time and are inexpensive or you can join me in the “Self-Care with a Twist” 5day challenge starting    9-13 November 2020.

Remember

“you can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first.”

  1. Do something crafty: knitting, sewing, colouring
  2. Sit in a comfy chair and read
  3. Have a dance party to your favourite music
  4. If you cannot go out, have a picnic in the Livingroom
  5. Write a letter to a friend and post it.
  6. Cook your favourite dinner, set the table with candlelight, music and dimmed lights
  7. Put on a homemade facemask
  8. Take a bubble bath with scented candles and music
  9. Take a nap
  10. Have a 20-minute stretching session with your favourite upbeat music

So give yourself permission to finally find the time to put yourself first, and your family will most certainly benefit.

If you have difficulty putting some time aside for yourself, then join me in the “Self-Care with a Twist” 5day challenge starting 9-13 November 2020.

It will be a time of fun and laughter with like-minded women.  Sign up here to reserve your spot.

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