Do you have any special luxuries you do for yourself?
I wrote a long post about turning 25 on Monday, but I left out a big thing.
I’ve been really trying to take care of my body. Beyond the usual eat better, work out more (which I’m still working on…), I’ve found three ways to take care of myself that have really made a difference in my everyday life.
ONE // Massage
So I hold a lot of stress in my shoulders and back. More specifically, my right shoulder. When I’m stressed about something or focusing really intently, you’ll likely find me with my shoulders shrugged up. Sometimes I don’t even realize how tense I am until my shoulders touch my ears. (Literally, they can touch my ears when I’m sitting!) I frequently find myself with a sore, tight back and tense shoulders to the point where I’m in pain. Not comfortable!
I found a great massage place around the corner from my apartment about a year ago. It got great reviews on Yelp and is a hole-in-the-wall (blink and you’ll miss it). I always felt like getting a massage was such a luxury and a splurge and I would feel guilty for going. I’m not going to a fancy spa, it’s $30 for 30 minutes and I’ve been going every two weeks. It hurts so bad (in a good way) that I tend to tear up through the whole thing. However, the difference is incredible.
I leave feeling two inches taller and about 175% more relaxed. It’s so worth it as far as I’m concerned. The guy I go to narrows in on problem areas (always that right shoulder) and goes to town getting out the knots.
TWO // Moisturizing
I’ve become a crazy person about moisturizers. No really. It’s a game changer though. Definitely worth the extra six minutes of getting ready every morning and every night. Over the past year, I’ve noticed a few more wrinkles around my eyes and forehead. Being in the city, I also find that my skin is just not as youthful, which I assume is from the everyday dirt and grime I pick up throughout the day.
I take my makeup off every night before bed– it doesn’t matter how tired I am! And sometimes I feel lazy about just wanting to cleanse and not moisturize. I always regret it in the morning because my skin feels dry! And for a while I was using a hodge-podge of products, but I’ve converted completely to Fresh.
While it could totally be a placebo effect, I swear my skin already feels younger and happier!
THREE // Facials
In the same vein as the moisturizing, I’ve committed to getting a facial every month. It’s like the massage and the moisturizing in one times 400. I don’t have perfect skin and I don’t think I’ll ever be that girl who looks flawless without an ounce of makeup, but I do know that the city grime makes my skin worse than it would be naturally! Stress is a huge huge huge trigger for breakouts for my skin. A few extractions (gross) and a layer or two of lotions and positions (yay) and then I feel like a brand new girl.
It sounds like the three things are on the vane side of things, but I actually think it’s more about taking care of myself. The massage is 30 minutes, the moisturizing is 12 minutes a day, and the facial is an hour… taking that time for myself and my body (feeling and looking great afterward) is what it’s all about. I also really look forward to the little luxuries so much!