30 August 2018

Self Care is More Than Getting Your Nails Done

**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Our life is full of to do lists, deadlines and endless amounts of things to get accomplish in less hours than we actually have. In order to try to keep up with this roadrunner form of living, we rarely think twice about putting self-care on the back burner. In fact, more often than not it may take a wake-up call to notice that this type of lifestyle has really taken over our lives. Regardless of how indulgent or fancy the term may sound to you, self-care is essential for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. You shouldn’t neglect your self-care and here’s why it’s important as well as some tips on what to do to help with self care.

Know Your Worth - Self-care is a term that we have been hearing a lot about in media lately- especially with the recent high profile suicides that have been reported. I feel like the term has been turned into something shallow and superficial. It's more than getting your hair/nails done or having spa days. It's the action work that promotes and maintains a healthy relationship with yourself and those around you. This can be anything that sets boundaries and produces positive feelings as well as boosts your self-esteem. Self-care is necessary to remind yourself and others that your needs are important too!

Kirsten, The Low Country Socialite, is standing on a rooftop in Savannah, Georgia.  She is wearing a wine colored dress from Eloquii with lace detailing.  She has her back turned towards the camera and she is looking out onto the skyline.  Her hair is curly and you cannot see her face.

Have A Balance Of Work and Life - Although being a workaholic can sometimes have its benefits, you don’t want to be overworked. In fact, being overworked a workaholic almost always accompanies stress and exhaustion. It leaves you feeling less productive, disorganized and even emotionally depleted. Sometimes, it can lead to all sorts of health issues such as anxiety or depression, high blood pressure, heart disease or insomnia. There can be professional self-care habits such as taking breaks for lunch, calling or friend or taking a long walk to clear your head. Try to avoid overextending yourself and set some professional boundaries to keep you staying sharp, healthy and motivated.

Managing Stress - Did you know that having a little stress in your life is actually a good thing? It helps you stay on top of things, meet your deadlines or finish that nagging task you’ve been needing to tackle. But... having constant stress and anxiety has the opposite effect for your mental and physical health. Allow yourself to know and recognize the different stress levels that you experience. Smart self care habits can be: eating healthier, connecting with loved ones or even improving your mobility and boost your energy and confidence level.

Work On Projects - To help improve your self-care habits why not start that long lost project you’ve been putting off for months? These projects can range from small items or bigger things. An example could be cleaning out the desk drawer you’ve used as a junk drawer for the past few months. You could even start creating artwork to spruce your home up. Woodworking has become SUPER popular to make inspiring quotes or share artwork you’ve been wanting to hang in a cool new way. A local woodworking company in the Atlanta area called Saw Trax Manufacturing offers some of the best saws in their field- including a machine that can cut almost all sheet goods with just one proper cutting insert! Their customer service always helps whatever questions or concerns you have to meet any needs and requirements you have. If you’re local to the northern Georgia area, they are a one stop shop to help you with your DIY projects. Creative projects such as these always make me feel amazing when I take them to completion and have a tangible object to show my efforts!

Image: Saw Trax

Meditation - One way to help your self-care is starting your day off on the right foot. This could be anything from working out or mediating. It isn’t always about chanting but perhaps just sitting in silence the moment you wake up. Taking a few deep breaths and enjoying the stillness of the morning. It may even be great practice to start in the morning or end your day with meditation to relieve your worries or frustrations of the day. 

Positive Affirmations - We can be extremely hard on ourselves with our work, with our personal life or anything that comes our way. Having a way to help cope with those negative nagging thoughts is critical. A way to help yourself is by thinking or writing down 5 things you like about yourself. These way to help boost your confidence and your moral to start your day or end your evening on the right path.

Dress: Eloquii
Photography: ShellyCStudio

What are some ways that help you when you need to to improve your self-care? Do you call a friend? Do you plan a trip with friends? Do you clean your home? These small acts that may not seem like much can really help you in bigger ways than you can imagine! Share some of your tips and tricks below! 

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  1. Great advice!! I’m learning a lot of these lessons the hard way, unfortunately. I pray to not worry about what other people think, so much. The most important thing I’m learning is to not allow toxic people into my life, to the point where I’m getting physically ill from all the drama (this has actually happened to me), I understand that we all need to vent our frustrations from time to time. Life can be really hard. But, there is a difference between that, and cutting people down. We are all just trying to do the best we can, for the most part. Thank you for this post!! Have a great day!

    1. Yes! Toxic people can be so draining. I'm sorry that you've experienced negative drama that has caused you to be ill. Setting those boundaries for the sake of self care can be tough but liberating. Thank you for visiting and commenting. It means so much to hear from you!



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