5 Self-Care Activities to Add to Your Weekly Routine

WINTER 2018
By Elana Lyn Gross for Modern Muse

When was the last time you made your favorite breakfast and sat with your journal or a good book instead of grabbing a granola bar and sprinting out the door? With a hectic schedule and responsibilities at work and home, it's easy to fall into the habit of not taking time for yourself. But carving out some "me" time makes you better at everything you do because it enhances your physical and emotional wellbeing. Focus on yourself by adding these self-care activities into your weekly routine.

1. Write Down Positive Affirmations

Boost your confidence by writing down statements that promote positive self-talk, push away negative thoughts, and make you more optimistic. Write down anything that makes you feel good like "I am thoughtful and help people around me." This Ban.do Nice Mini Notebook from Bloomingdale's is a perfect reminder to be nice to yourself by writing positive affirmations.

2. Go to a Fitness Class

As Legally Blonde's Elle Woods would say, "Exercise gives you endorphins; endorphins make you happy!" Working out regularly improves your health. Mix it up by finding classes you love like spinning at Peloton or SoulCycle, or barre at Pure Barre. You can even take classes from the comfort of your home with the Peloton bike.

3. Get a Blowout

Do you get a spring in your step when you have a good hair day? Spend a delightful hour getting a blowout at DryBar. Sit back, sip a coffee or cocktail, and watch a movie or read a magazine. You'll leave with perfectly polished hair — and possibly a bag filled with their products that not only work well but smell amazing too.

4. Have an At-Home Spa Day

Draw yourself a hot bubble bath, light a candle and unwind. The British Rose Premium Collection from Body Shop is infused with pure rose essence and real rose petals to cleanse and hydrate your skin, leaving you with a glowing, silky-smooth complexion from head to toe. One of the best parts of a spa day is turning off your phone and relaxing. So lather on the body butter and hand lotion, put on a cozy bathrobe, make a cup of tea and relax with your phone on silent.

5. Get Your Beauty Rest

Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is a smart idea. Quality sleep helps with memory, stress, performance, immunity and more. Slip into the soft and stylish Eberjey Gisele Pajama Set available at Nordstrom and hop into bed early. You'll feel healthier and happier after a good night's sleep (and you may not even be tempted to hit snooze for the first or fourteenth time).