Many thanks to prAna for collaborating on this post. While I was provided clothing to facilitate my review, all opinions and photos are my own.
This past year has been a wild one for me and my family. Work life, family life, big changes (I mean, my son started kindergarten last week!) and if you know me well, you know that I’m not always big on change. The first thing that goes when I am under pressure or feeling stressed out and overwhelmed is my self care.
The past few months I’ve been working until all hours. I’m starting my day around 5:30, not going to bed until well after 11 and eventually this takes a toll on my body – and my mental health. I’m noticing more and more friends and pocket friends (my friends on my social media channels that I may not know in real life) discussing self care. And guess what friends? Self care is so important. As there are great habits for your health that you can put into action, there shouldn’t be any excuses as to why you shouldn’t be taking some time in your day to look after yourself. Even if it means visiting the dentist regularly or cutting back on sugar, it all helps in some way. Self care doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to visit the spa every day or buy the most expensive skin care products to maintain a high level of self care. If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry. With the help of professionals like Steven Gundry, you’ll be heading in the right direction when it comes to making your health your top priority, which is what we all should be doing. As long as you take some time in your day to look after yourself, that’s all that matters. Life can get in the way, but we can all always make time for ourselves. If we can’t take care of ourselves, we aren’t great for our families. At least I’m not great for my family. It’s a battle.
With the start of the school year and a new season, I think it’s a good time to refocus. Focus on myself and my self care. What I consider self care may be completely different for you.
To me, self care is getting a run in 4 or 5 times a week. I don’t often run longer distances during the week. I get my long runs in on the weekends, and lately “long” means 4 or 5 miles. I remember when long runs were 7 to 12 miles, and during marathon training it was always 18 or 20 miles. There have been weekends recently that I’ve met up with a friend to run and it has really set the tone for my whole week.
As I’m focusing on my self care, I want to be comfortable. Thanks to prAna, I can be comfortable while I’m spending time refocusing, working out, hanging in my yard or just running errands. The Penelope Pullover and Deco Crop are perfect pieces to make the transition from yoga (or in my case, running) to lounging to being out and about with the family.
The Penelope Pullover is an organic cotton/polyester blend, long sleeve cowl neck and a t-shirt hem. It’s a relaxed fit and a great weekend piece.
The Deco Crop is a compression pant with moisture wicking. The fabric is a nylon/spandex material and I think the design on the bottom of the leg keeps it stylish and fun. I’ve run in these a few times and they’re cute enough to wear out – or just to cook dinner in. (Let’s be real. I don’t have a ton of outfit changes once I’m home.)
Self care is spending time in my garden or in the back yard in general.
Self care is taking a couple of hours to myself to go work at a coffee shop or read.
Self care is making time for yourself, doing what you enjoy.
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How do you do self care?