Taking Time For Yourself

Remembering to take time for ourselves can be incredible difficult. Days go by, weeks go by, heck YEARS go by and we look back only to realize we forgot to put ourselves first. Self care is so important for our mind, body, soul and even our ability to be able to take care of others. With a little help from Moon Body Soul, I challenged myself to take a bath, at least once a week, for a month.
Here’s what happened.

For the sake of transparency, I’ll be honest, I was a little annoyed week one. At first I set an hour on Sunday evenings aside for my pamper night. By set aside I mean I told myself I HAD to do it at this time. Come day one, I was swamped with work and taking a bath felt extremely inconvenient, not to mention I was already clean. What the heck is the point? I reluctantly put down my laptop, turned on a calming Spotify playlist, lit candles to set the tranquil mood and bath time was on. Having tons of new bath products to try made this inconvenient bath time a bit more exciting. I took the packet of Moon Dust, yeah I know, how can you not be in love with a product called Moon Dust? Trust me it’s impossible, especially when there are pretty little petals that float on top of the water. I jumped in the bath and even my anxious soul has to admit, this felt pretty awesome. Five minutes in I was slightly bored and already thinking about the work I should be doing. I promised myself to give it 10 more minutes to at least let the Epsom salt work its magic. I stuck to it and in the end was glad I did. Now back to work.

Week two I came a bit more prepared. I worked out my schedule so I was less focused on the work I needed to do and had the entire night off. After preparing the bath I reached for a Moon Ball. It fizzed in the tub just like the bath bombs you know and love, but without all of the fillers, dyes or synthetic fragrances that you don’t love so much. I have to give a few claps to Moon Body Soul for actually creating bath products that are good for you and the environment. This time my mind felt calm and I wasn’t even thinking about how long I had spent in the bath. I did a bit of mediation as I soaked and suddenly, I got a random spark of inspiration. Allowing myself to relax and not focus on work had opened up my mind and I actually ended up having an extremely productive Monday morning the next day using the inspiration that came to me in the bath the night before.

Come week three I began to really look forward to my weekly baths. So much so that I ended up taking a midweek bath just to clear my head so I could focus a bit better. I had assumed that I would end up enjoying this relaxation time, but I did not expect that it would actually up my productivity levels so much! Who knew, taking time off work could actually help during the times you are working! (I think a lot of people know this but hey, sometimes you need to learn it for yourself, right?)

Week four was a particularly busy week for me. I began the week traveling and would end up traveling again come Friday. I decided to take my bath in the morning on an extremely busy Wednesday in order to really test the benefits of my bath time. I planned out my schedule for the day in my head as I was in the bath and although I was anxious to get my work day started, this really aided in staying organized for the rest of the day.

Needless to say I’m pretty much sold on this whole me time thing. I haven’t even mentioned the benefits the bath had on my actual body. I tend to overly shower which can really dry out my hair. By swapping a few showers with baths and therefore not washing my hair as much, I’ve noticed a big change in the condition of my hair. I also fall victim to in grown hairs as most anyone who shaves does. I’ve started to shave my legs post bath after the skin has softened for a bit, which seems to help immensely with those pesky hairs!

I know life can be crazy but taking a bit of time for yourself, whether its reading a book, meditation or taking a bath, is crucial to living a complete life. What do you do to unwind? Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

(end note: all I can think about while writing this post is the episode of Parks & Rec where Donna and Tom spend the whole day saying “Treat yo self!” while pampering themselves all day.)

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15 Comments

  1. Nicole
    August 17, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    i might take up a weekly bath regime when i start back at school! i’m so anxious all the time hopefully this’ll help clear my mind and calm me down?i love this post. y the way babe!

  2. Adelaide
    August 17, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    Yes! Absolutely agree, 100%. Taking time out for yourself is one of the biggest steps to self care and just making sure I stay sane. Lol. For me, it’s if I get to watch a show, or do a face mask or hang out with some friends..anything really that makes me feel like myself. I think that’s extremely important for my mental health. Doing something simply for me.

  3. Taylor R. D'Orazio
    August 17, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I’m 100% into baths. I try to get two in every week expecially after a soccer game or practice to get my muscles to untense. I’m a huge fan of meditation and yoga and really helps with stress

  4. Dina
    August 17, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Thank you for inspiring me daily

  5. Victoria C.
    August 17, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I absolutely loved this post! I don’t really take baths, but then again I don’t think I’ve tried. after this post I just might. usually when I take time for myself I like to write, draw or paint. 🙂

  6. August 17, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    Love this. Self-care is so important; To allow your body to just relax and unwind, letting your mind follow… it really does work wonders for inspiration and productivity. Thanks for the great read and gentle reminder. The products look amazing as well. ❤️

  7. Mayra
    August 17, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I do this every Sunday. I call them Self-care Sundays! I switch it up by doing different activities like going to a museum, seeing a movie, hiking, reading, even buying myself some flowers brightens my day! Just taking a day for me really helps unwind myself and also preps me for the dreadful Monday coming up.

  8. August 18, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I love love love baths!! My girlfriend and I have been traveling the last few months and I have been severely missing my bath time. I use it as a way to wind down before bed and have some me time. Sometimes I do some work in the bath even if I feel compelled. It is just such a cozy spot, especially during the Canadian winters.

    I will need to try these Moon Body Soul products for sure!

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  9. Fahana
    August 18, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    loves this post! i live in Tropical weather, i took baths 2 times a day! Before coming to work and before i went to sleep. So, yes i agreed with you, bath is very very important to me 😉

  10. August 23, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    Once again another fabulous blog. I am a huge believer that self-care and ‘me time” is so important! Your so right that we humans get so wrapped up in everything we have going on in our day to day lives we forget to take even the littlest of time for our selves sometimes. Im sure I am. not the only one who has decided to not shower at night simply because your too “busy” or tired at the end of your day for this important thing we should be doing for ourselves. My girlfriend and I have been together for a little over three years and we just got our first house together while going to school. Anyways, we always make sure to make it a point each of us is getting the me time we need. We go to the beach, the river, just relax at home, and then we each have a few hours alone in the week for our 100% alone time. All this is my self care and for the past few months I have been making sure to do the things I was and I have seriously seen a huge positive change in my view on a lot of things. anyway, sorry for the novel and thanks for sharing your words. BTW I’m excited to get my rainbow shirt in the mail!!! 🙂

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  12. September 11, 2017 / 8:12 am

    For me, its either a full Saturday or Sunday. I just give myself the needed time. Look at myself, talk to myself and take good care of myself.
    It is sometimes hard but when you do it, you will find yourself refreshed.

  13. September 18, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I’ve learned that taking time for yourself,includes more than relaxing,and enjoying hobbies.,it also means taking time to prepare healthy lunches for work so I don’t grab pizza or a hoagie because I didn’t plan to pack. Scheduling meditation,baths,preping meals, workouts also helps to insure you Do IT!

  14. September 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I’ve learned that taking time for yourself,includes more than relaxing,and enjoying hobbies.,it also means taking time to prepare healthy lunches for work so I don’t grab pizza or a hoagie because I didn’t plan to pack. Scheduling meditation,baths,preping meals, workouts also helps to insure you Do IT!

  15. Erica
    October 16, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Nooo why the feather? 🙁 poor bird 🙁

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