Are you one of those Pinays who always feels like there's just not enough time in a day? Whether it’s work or personal errands, many women find themselves constantly occupied, to the point where they no longer have time to pamper themselves.
Relate much? You have to remember that you're only human, and that taking a break to care for yourself is neither a luxury nor an option. If you have a lifestyle that's constantly on the go, self-care becomes a necessary effort so you don't get burnt out. Here are some tips to better fit me-time in your packed schedule:
Make the most of lunchtime.
Don’t make a habit out of eating your lunch on your work desk. Instead, step away from your computer and find a comfortable dining spot in other parts of your house or office. Stretch out those legs and give your eyes some well-deserved break. Not only will you enjoy your food better, but you'll also get time to clear out your head so you can get back to work with a refreshed mindset.
Make meditation a part of your daily routine.
Much has been said about the benefits of regular meditation. And no, you don’t have to spend an entire hour sitting in one place to reap its rewards. If you want to give meditation a try, start with at least five minutes every morning, then gradually increase the time to 10 or 15 minutes. If you have trouble clearing your thoughts, you can download an app that will help get you to an ~*om*~ state.
Don’t scrimp on your treats.
If you’re going to splurge on anything, you might as well be the one to benefit from it. We’re not just talking about full-on online shopping sprees that will cut your sweldo in half; a nifty self-care tip is to never scrimp on the little treats that make you feel good. For example, if coffee is your go-to treat, skip the instant mix and order yourself a proper brew every once in a while. You know you deserve it for working so hard.
Try a social media detox.
The noise we encounter in everyday life can be amplified by social media. When you find yourself not getting enough sleep because you’re constantly scrolling down your feed or when the posts you see are enough to stress you out, that’s when you know it's time to switch off. Deactivating your social media once in a while will help you focus more on important tasks and will help lessen your stress.
Pamper yourself during your shower.
Always treat yourself like the ~kween~ you are, even when it comes to doing something as mundane as a shower. You can turn your shower routine into a self-care treat by tweaking a few things, like setting up relaxing music before you step into the shower, checking the water temperature, maybe lighting a scented candle, or investing in plush towels and shower essentials.
For a shower that feels extra luxurious, try Dove Nourishing Body Wash. Its signature formula and creamy lather help make your skin feel pampered during shower time. With gentle cleansers and NutriumMoisture™, this body wash cleans like soap and moisturizes like lotion so you get smooth and bouncy skin with regular use. It comes in three variants: Deeply Nourishing, Gentle Exfoliating, and Sensitive Skin.
Dove held the Dove Self-Care Soirée at the Manila Peninsula Hotel on March 3, 2020 to remind women to practice self-care daily even in small ways, specifically by turning the regular shower routine into a relaxing experience. The brand put up several self-care stations where attendees were able to pamper themselves, such as the Meditation Lounge with Sara Black, where participants were guided in meditation; the Self-Care Studio, where they took their portraits; the Dove Nourishing Hand Spa, where they experienced Dove Nourishing Body Wash; and the Gratitude Nook, where they shared the things they were grateful for.
During the guided meditation, meditation teacher Sara Black reminded the participants: “Bringing a heightened state of awareness to any situation will instantly shift you into calmness. Instead of taking a hurried shower thinking of 1001 different things, try being fully present in the moment. You deserve this me-time. Tune in to the sensorial experience of the water, the rich lather soothing the skin, the delightful scent of your body wash. This can become a meditative experience once we drop the thinking mind and come into a state of being.”
Watch the highlights of the event here: