Self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, yet so many of us can’t seem to find the time to do it.
So to give you a little motivation, I’ve rounded up the best advice on how to take self-care from badass women. Check it out below.
“No matter what my schedule is like during the day, whether I have a long day of shooting or errands to run, I always make sure I find time for my everyday favorite things. I squeeze an hour workout in every day, whether that means I have to wake up an hour earlier or stay up late and I make sure I have some sort of green vegetable with every meal. This way I’m always feeling alive, jubilant and ready for whatever the day throws at me. I always allow myself my me time.”
“Take at least twenty minutes every day to be still and quiet. Think. Reflect. Decide how to be smarter and tougher, how to be more committed and considerate of others and more sensitive and aware of your surroundings. Choose something you learned that will make you a better person.”
“Tell yourself you’re beautiful daily. Be gentle with yourself. Eat carbs without guilt and remember that life is too short to worry about what others think!!”
“Sometimes I give myself a break. So I will retreat a moment from the fray, just to breathe. Because what I’ve learned is that my immediate reaction cannot be the deciding reaction. So sometimes I just sort of step back a second, and while I’m stepping back, I talk. I reach out to my friends, my mom, my girlfriends; I vent, I release, I have sounding boards, I get pep talks from colleagues and staff, and then I go back in.”
“As of late, I’m really getting into meditation. Waking up and setting out 10 minutes to just be by yourself with your thoughts. And something similar to meditation that I think is a little different is saying no, I think. Knowing when you just need to go home and be alone. Now, more than ever, I value my alone time because in an industry like this that’s very chaotic, a lot of people need things from you.”
“I journal a lot for nobody but myself. Just to get my thoughts out and to clear my mind. That’s very therapeutic to me. I like to escape to the beach and kind of ground myself whenever I can. I think there’s something about going on a hike and looking at a city view or looking at the ocean that brings you back to earth and kind of reminds you that your problems are quite small in retrospect.”
“I typically make a hot toddy (using orange tea and Fireball Whiskey), lie out on my chaise, and listen to a podcast like The Read or Left, Right & Center, depending on whether I want to laugh or pay attention to what’s going on in politics.”
“When the negativity comes in, talk to yourself. Remember that fear always exists between your two ears. Should someone say something negative to you, remind yourself that ‘hurt people hurt people’ and turn the other cheek. Decide to protect yourself from that demon that wants to drag you down and not enjoy the life and body you have been given.”
“I have a bath every single day of my life. And if I can have two or three — amazing. Nothing terrible is going to happen in the bath, so I always find time for that. I’ll take phone conversations in the bath, anything.”
“I sing, actually, to myself. I love going to karaoke with friends if I’m having a really tough time. I also really love to cook. Cooking puts me at ease, it gives me control over what’s happening, and I know that the finished product is gonna be good so I’m gonna be satisfied. That’s kind of how I keep myself grounded.”
“Bathtime is a ritual! You’ve got to get the right temperature, you must have good bath salts or Epsom salts and dissolve them properly, and you need bath oils to get some scents going. I don’t do bubble bath — it makes me feel too much like a kid. I have to soak for at least half an hour. If I had time I could be in that bath for three hours, although me having three hours to take a bath is like finding a leprechaun at the end of the rainbow.”
Tracee Ellis Ross
“My beauty regime is a huge part of how I care for myself. Really my beauty regime is about what I put in my body, so it’s about getting my sleep and drinking lots of water. I love water out of glass, not out of plastic. It tastes so much better. I’m big on hydrating internally and externally, so there’s a lot of oils and hydration that I use. I love moisturizing. I’m the girl on the plane who will go wash my hands, spritz, and add a layer.”
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.