Anyone who knows me personally, follows this blog, or my Instagram (thank you by the way), knows that I’m all about the “me time” and “self care.” I think I spent so much of my early years as a mom being all about my family, that I forgot to make time for myself. However, once I got wind of this (about 2 days after my now 3 year old turned 1 lol) I have not turned back since.
From working out, making healthier eating choices, leaving the kids with hubby or a friend to do my hair, having a ladies night out, etc. I have learned to make myself a priority. However, due to social-distancing regulations which I understand, respect, and do my very best to follow, I’ve been forced to reevaluate what self-care looks like now.
I’ve been teaching from home, homeschooling my own 2 kids, studying for an exam, and honestly don’t have much time to myself. My husband fortunately still works, but this means I am generally with the kids most of the day. There are no more quiet workouts at the gym, solo trips to the store, and even my Starbucks runs have been taken over by the kids! Note to self: don’t introduce kids to Starbucks cake pops or Mocha Frappuccinos…they’ll ask for it every single time!
While it will definitely be a little (okay, maybe a lot) more challenging, self care is still extremely important, especially during these uncertain times. I decided to create a “Self-Care Bucket” for myself and a few of my mom friends I think you’ll find helpful. Check it out below:
How the Self Care Bucket Works
- Grab a basket, tin, bucket (you decide which you prefer) from your local store. I snagged mine from the local Dollar Tree because they have the cutest things for just $1, but you can also check out Michael’s, Joanne’s, Marshalls, or Ross if you want something a little fancier
- Fill your bucket (no pun intended) with a variety of self care items. These items can range from 3-10 items depending on how big the bucket/basket/tin you purchase is, as well as how much money you’re trying to spend on the bucket. The items you choose to fill your bucket or that of a friend, will determine on their personal interests and vision of self care, but here are a few cost-friendly ideas:
-A Face Mask
-Nail Kit Set
-Wine glass (we’ve all been using these a little more lately lol)
-Colored Lip Gloss
These are a few of the items I used for mine….
Since there is so much uncertainty with job security these days, and I’m all about saving these coins, I made the self care basket budget $10. While $10 may not seem like a lot, a little can go a loong way if you shop smart. All of the items mentioned above can be found for $1 at your local Dollar Tree, and if you don’t shop there, Target’s $1 section is another good option. Remember, you want to fill it with simple items that will be a quick “pick-me-up” when you or your fellow mama/girlfriend are in need of some self care.
3. Re-fill Your Self Care Bucket before your last item is used. Depending on how many items the bucket/basket has, as well as how often you are able to actually use them, will depend on how often you have to refill. However, I would strive to use at least one item from the bucket a week, so assuming you have about 5 items in there, you could replenish once a month which isn’t too bad. While I don’t (and neither should they) expect you to refill your friends’ baskets, I encourage you to encourage them to refill there’s as well.
The Purpose of the Self Care Basket
While reading this you might have wondered, why do I need to make myself a basket and refill it every month? Why can’t I just treat myself when I feel its needed? And the answer to that is because….you won’t!!! We ladies-especially mamas-are the queens of putting ourselves last, and anything that isn’t planned ahead or an inconvenience will simply not happen. After a long day or week of working, running after the kids, etc. you may not have the time energy to do something for yourself, even if it is as simple as running into the store for some chocolates. However, with the basket already there with ready-to-use items, it’s less stressful and you’re more likely to treat yourself. I also recommend putting the basket in a visible (but high up enough so the kids can’t reach) spot, so you’re reminded to practice a little self care. Even if this is putting on a face mask for 5 minutes, using the new nail polish in your basket once the kids go to sleep, etc. a little can go a long way 🙂
Please comment below your thoughts on the Self Care Basket/Bucket/Tin 🙂 and let me know how your self care regimen has been going thus far during quarantine. Don’t forget to follow me on IG @millennialmahoganymom
Until next time Mamas 🙂