5 Ways to Self-Care at Home

BY JENNIFER VATTHONGXAY

These past couple of weeks have been so exhausting! With school I have been finding it a little difficult to unwind at night. My life is always going to busy especially with two growing kids (I can’t believe that my son Ryland is in Kindergarten!). I realized that my life isn’t going to slow down, it may even get busier! So I wanted to find easy ways to take care of myself before bed after the kids were tucked in and sound asleep. Here are my 5 ways to self-care at home, after hours.

1. Bubble Bath: this may seem like a no brainer, but it truly is so beneficial for relaxing especially after a long day. I use my children’s bedtime bubble bath wash from Johnson’s because it is so gentle and soothing.

2. Exfoliate and Mask : I love getting facials, but sometimes it can be difficult to make it to a spa. So, why not make your own mini spa at home? I always start off with this exfoliator, it is so gentle for my sensitive skin but it does the work and smells just like cranberries. After exfoliating, I will then finish the night off with a mask for about 15-20 minutes while I catch up on my TV shows.

3. Moisturize : I love applying moisturizer to my skin before bed, but how to really feel relaxed is to apply a generous amount of moisturizer to my hands and feet and then put “old”, but clean socks on my hands and feet to really lock in the moisture. I usually leave the socks on for about 20 minutes. Once you remove those socks your hands and feet will thank you! SO SOFT!

4. Stretch : If my body is ever feeling tight and tensed, I know that is usually the first sign of exhaustion. I like using this free app called SWORK IT. On SWORK IT you can choose how long you want to stretch from 5 minutes to 60 minutes and also the type of stretching you want to target for the day – head to toe, full body, or even Pilates.

5. Disconnect from Social Media : Sometimes I can get so caught up with social media and I watch one insta-story after another, and by the time realize it I am a couple hours in on Instagram or YouTube. With being on my phone late night this causes bad sleeping habits. Giving myself that disconnect from social media really encourages self-care. It promotes for me to actually have time to feel and think about the state of my body.

Self-care is so important and beneficial for not only you, but the people around you as well. My children get the best version of me when I take care and feel great about myself. Self-care doesn’t have to take hours at a spa or gym, it takes 30 minutes maximum or any amount of time that you have to spare. These are 5 easy ways you can take care of your body, mind, and soul – start tonight at home!

Article and images by Jennifer Vatthongxay . You can view more content by Jennifer on her blog piecesofemerald.com and on her Instagram here

Meet Jennifer

Hi! I’m Jennifer, I am a mama to two – Ryland and Rori. I work from home full time doing administrative work while attending University of California, Davis studying Human Development. I created my blog piecesofemerald.com as an outlet from my busy life, it’s a place for me to be creative and inspire other women. Pieces of Emerald is a platform where women can go to and feel inspired, while connecting with other like minded women that have a love for all things fashion, beauty, and motherhood.

A question that I get quite often is how I came up with my blog name: Pieces of Emerald. Truth is, it came very natural to me because I was born in the month of May and so were Ryland and Rori – May’s birth stone is Emerald – Through my blog and social media, we are sharing a piece of our life.

Fun favorites of mine: I am a terrible baker, but I love sweets and enjoy the baking moments with my children. I am a foodie, I love all foods especially spicy foods – Thai food is an absolute favorite!

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  1. Love this! Such a fun post and great reminder to take time for ourselves to recharge.