How are you doing today? No, really. Most of us answer “fine,” or “good” or “okay,” but we don’t ever actually sit and think about how we’re doing. Is it fine that I haven’t gotten more than 6 hours of sleep in months? Is it fine that the last time I worked out every single day was in high school? Is it fine that I cancel plans with friends because I’m so behind on work that I can’t focus on anything else? (Hint: the answer is no).
August is National Wellness Month, which is a perfect time to check in with ourselves and practice a little self-care. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), stress affects your entire body and can cause headaches, trouble sleeping, jaw pain, changes in appetite, frequent mood swings, difficulty concentrating and feelings of being overwhelmed. Whew—that’s a heavy load! The best way to feel some relief? Take a break!
Self-care is one of those things that is vitally important for our emotional and physical health, but we always push to the last of the To Do list—you know, the one that never gets checked off all the way? According to NAMI, setting aside time for yourself is one of the best ways to reduce stress.
I love going to a coffee shop and sitting in a corner with an iced carmel macchiato and my laptop to do some writing. Or, I bring my favorite murder mystery novel to a nail salon and get lost in the drama while getting my toes done. I’ve also been known to drink wine in a bubble bath at night while listening to music #bliss.
If you want to have a spa day at home, stock up on a few products from Lush inside Galleria Dallas. The Bunny Moon Jelly Face Mask ($13.95 from Lushna) is made with honey, vanilla, rose and chamomile, to give you calm, smooth skin.Another option is to get professionally pampered, by going to a local salon. Grand Spa offers many self-care options for summer, including a Sweet Coconut Spa Manicure ($38) and Pedicure ($58) or a Sugar Kiss Massage ($165) that includes a sugar scrub feet rub.
Take care of yourself, so that the next time someone asks how you are doing, you can answer honestly—amazing, thank you very much.