Hey Guys! My name is Bridgett Shepherd and I’m an artist residing in Atlanta Georgia with my husband of ten years, and our four children. When I’m not shuffling back and forth between carpools and extracurricular activities, I’m running three companies. I blog over at This Minimal House where my husband and I share our love of minimalism and home improvement projects. Photography has also been apart of my life for the last almost 8 years where I shoot elopements, couples, and boudoirs. Lastly, I create custom digital art for your home at Shepherd Tribe Letters. Having all of this on my plate is why it’s SO imperative that I implement self-care in my everyday routine. Life is hectic, busy, and moves so quickly, it’s important to take a step back, breathe, and be fully present. Mental wellness is the key to success across the board.
What comes to mind when you hear the word self-care? I think about priorities, mentality, mood, compassion, gratefulness. However, self-care can get lost in the journey of motherhood. Your needs turn to everyone else’s needs, and sometimes it seems like those needs will never come full circle, making it back around to you. Self-care present day may not resemble past self-care, prior to children, but if I make my needs a priority, I’m not only a better mom, but I’m a better human being in general.
When you’re in a busy season of life, it’s easy to forget about small practices that have the ability to make a huge impact and bring you an insane amount of happiness and relaxation. Those practices are key when you’re taking care of children, running multiple businesses, and sustaining a functional and loving marriage.
Little Box of Rocks is a wellness and self-care company that allowed me to sit down and make a list of what it is that helps me manage the mundane of everyday life. I hope my tips will be helpful to your nightly routine!
When I think of self-care I immediately related with the White Light (Serenity) bracelet. I absolutely loved the meaning behind it.
“Offering the soothing energy of white Howlite, a stone known for it’s connection to angelic realms, this healing bracelet is designed to inspire peace, serenity, and divine protection. Wear white light to release fears, calm anxiety, and connect you with the power of your intuition.”
I put that last line in bold because all three of those things need to addressed, recognized, and require a solution. Let’s get into what my nightly routine of self care looks like, shall we?
Believe it or not, I never really used to view baths as exactly what they are, a quiet mini-getaway. I use to avoid them by thinking of all the things I needed to be doing instead of ‘selfishly” soaking in a hot bath. That’s not the case these days. Two nights a week I block out an hour of me time with a detox Epsom salt bath. A majority of the time I’ll just use unscented Epsom salt, but sometimes I’ll mix in some apple cider vinegar and baking soda. These two hours during the week are life changing for my mentality throughout the week. An hour to forget about to-do lists, deadlines, and just breathe. Pair your hot bath with an amazing candle, and you might turn those two weeknights into five.
I have tried every Pinterest DIY face mask out there, literally. However I have narrowed it down to a favorite, specifically because of the minimal ingredients required, and the amazing results I get from it. You’ll only need the following ingredients for this homemade face mask:
I create my homemade mask by using a few drops of honey mixed with about a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the two are mixed thoroughly I massage my face in small circular motions for roughly five minutes. After that I love placing a hot towel/cloth on my face and leaving it on until the cloth is cool. Afterwards my skin feels so smooth and rejuvenated. You could also do this step before your Epsom salt bath and let the hot towel rest on your face during your bath.
At the end of my cozy self-care night in I like to throw on my favorite sweats, leave my phone behind, and relax on my couch to finish decompressing. I also like to pair this with a few night time yoga stretches to help induce a good nights sleep. I am by no means a yoga expert, however I do have back pain accompanied by slight to moderate insomnia that is significantly helped by doing this.
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