Hi, lovelies! 💛I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday! Today, I’m catching up on work because we were off for the holiday! It’s been a nice couple of days. We went over to my aunt’s for another pool party on Wednesday and she had a barbecue. I’m more of a pasta girl myself, but my uncle made some really tasty burgers! YUM!
During the holiday, I focused a lot on self care throughout the week, spent time outside, and enjoyed hanging out with family.
I realized earlier this week that I’ve never shared my self care routine with y’all! I usually like to split up my routine throughout the day (mornings, evenings, and nights). Before the start of my day, I try my best to wake up early, spend some time alone, and take in the peacefulness of mornings. After a long day, I’ll unwind during the evening and nighttime before bed.
Ever since I’ve been implementing little self care rituals throughout the day, I’ve noticed I’ve been much happier and more relaxed in general. My self care routine is pretty simplistic, but it helps me recharge and reminds me to take a moment and just slow down.
Start my morning off with coffee and a magazine or book.
Let me just start off by saying that I am not a morning person! My mom has always referred to me as the night owl of the family. I struggle with morning anxiety and notice that I’m generally happier at night, but having a routine in the morning has helped a lot! I’ve been waking up a little earlier so that I can enjoy slower mornings. I’ll usually grab coffee or tea, and sit with a magazine.
I’ve been reading a lot of fashion magazines, like Elle, Glamour, and Vogue. Kate McKinnon is on the cover of Glamour this month, and she’s just the best! I adore her sense of style and her impressions on SNL are hilarious!
Eat breakfast and make a smoothie! Don’t forget water!
After I’m done reading an article or two — and finished with my coffee — I’ll eat breakfast. Lately, I’ve been making cereal with fruit a lot, since it’s healthy and easy to prepare. On the weekends, we LOVE to make pancakes or french toast. The other day, I found this amazing peanut butter and banana breakfast smoothie on Pinterest and have been adding it to my breakfast.
Glam up a little…or not!
Some days, I love getting dressed up, wearing cute sundresses, and styling my hair! Other times, I just want to wear jeans and a tee. I don’t wear makeup everyday, but I’ll moisturize and put on sunscreen. That day, I wore a lacy white sundress and painted my nails!
Take a walk outside.
After a long day, Alejandro and I will take a walk outside, whether it’s around the neighborhood or at the park. Even when we’re traveling or at our families, after dinner we’ll step out for some fresh air. My grandma’s house has the most beautiful scenery. Although I’m a city girl at heart and grew up in Chicago, I always feel best out in nature.
Cook a healthy dinner.
For dinner, I have been trying to cook a lot more, especially within the last couple of months. When Alejandro and I graduated college, we probably could burn cereal! I’m happy to say we’ve come a long way! During the holiday, my mom, Alejandro, and I made pasta al pomodoro and zucchini. It was delicious!
Journal, tidy up, and write.
Once things have wound down, I like to take time to prepare for the next day. I’m definitely a journal kind of girl! I’ll write a to-do list in my agenda and it helps me to stay organized. Afterwards, I’ll usually tidy up the apartment, vacuum, and wash the dishes. During the evenings, I also brainstorm or write my blog posts. I’ll sit on the couch or go to Starbucks, listen to my Spotify playlist, and write/edit photos.
Bubble baths and candles.
I don’t take a bubble baths every night, but they’re definitely a treat to myself! I almost always light up a scented candle and let myself daydream. Sometimes, I like to listen to podcasts or play some music. My go-to songs are Warm Whispers by Missy Higgins, Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae, Bloom by The Paper Kites, and Magnetic Field by Lights.
The other day, I bought a bath bomb (finally!) and Zoella’s Pretty Polished Sugar Scrub! I can’t wait to try both products out and take a relaxing bath this weekend!
Watch TV or play board games with Alejandro.
Before bed, Alejandro and I usually catch up on our Netflix shows. Within the past year, we’ve binge watched Love, Stranger Things, Easy and who knows how many other shows! I mentioned to y’all that right now, we’re watching New Girl. Already on Season 3!
Other times, we’ll play video games or board games. Our favorite boardgames are Life, Scrabble, and Sorry! There’s something so fun about playing boardgames before bed and it always makes me smile!
Listen to music and unwind before bed.
Wow, I just noticed how much I listen to music throughout the day! It has been one of my biggest self care rituals, even since high school! Before bed, I’ll browse Apple Music for new albums. Lately, I’ve also been revisiting old albums. One of the first albums I ever purchased on my own was Coco by Colbie Caillat.
I hope that you enjoyed this post, lovelies! Have a great rest of your day and a beautiful weekend! x
What are some ways that you implement self-care throughout the day? What about during weekends or when you’re traveling?