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I’ve lost 105 pounds.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
There are days when I’m as surprised as you.
I love typing those words so much.
I love dropping them in conversation.
I love sharing my journey and how I’ve learned to love myself along the way and how I’m treating myself and taking care of myself and making myself feel special in ways that don’t involve chocolate chip cookies. I truly think it’s something we should talk more about. Learning to love ourselves.
Right. Where. We. Are. At.
Yes, I’ve lost weight. But here’s the thing. I was JUST as beautiful 105 pounds ago. I just couldn’t see it. And now? I’ve learned to love that KariAnne. She is part of me and she always will be. She taught me so much and my story wouldn’t be the same without her. So today, to celebrate us, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been doing lately to make me feel special and incredible and loved.
Here’s how I treat myself.
Here are 21 self-care tips you can start today.
1. Drink more water
Water doesn’t have to be boring.
My best tip? Someone gave me this water bottle as a gift. You can chop up fruit and add it to the inside of the water bottle and it diffuses the flavor.
Here are some of my favorite combinations:
- watermelon and mint
- apples and lemons
- lime and orange
- strawberries and pineapple
2. Change out your sheets
I know this seems so simple, but it is SUCH a game-changer.
A couple of months ago I added these sheets in this pattern to my bed. I love how soft they are and they don’t wrinkle out of the dryer and they just feel so FRESH.
Then I ordered an extra set and made them into a duvet cover (you can see the how-to here).
3. Spritz your sheets with lavender
There’s just something about lavender that makes me think of Downton Abbey.
I found this linen spray that’s super affordable and smells amazing.
You can see it here.
4. Treat yourself to a bath soak
I think a bath soak sounds fancier than a bubble bath and this foaming bath soak with essential oils and Epsom salt is AMAZING. Plus it smells like you are in a claw foot bathtub in a hotel in England.
You can see it here.
5. Read a magazine
I know, right?
Doesn’t that sound amazing?
There’s something so delicious to treating yourself to a decorating magazine.
(total aside: our library has stacks of magazines they sell for almost nothing. You can also find them at thrift stores and second-hand bookstores, too.)
6. Make yourself a smoothie
I’m hooked on these. The recipe doesn’t really matter.
I just toss in fruit and some more fruit and ice and sometimes a package of low-calorie drink mix.
Have you seen this single-serve blender? It’s kind of a game-changer.
7. Take a nap
I’ve perfected the art of the 15-minute nap. It’s so indulgent and refreshing all at the same time.
I lay down and close my eyes and take a catnap.
You just need to give yourself permission.
My favorite place? That sofa upstairs next to the windows with the clouds floating by.
8. Just sit
If napping sounds too overwhelming?
What about just sitting for 15 minutes?
Just sitting and doing NOTHING.
You could close your eyes, too.
That’s when the nap sneaks in.
9. Treat yourself to a weighted blanket
Have you ever used one before?
They are the next best thing to a hug (maybe better if you aren’t a hugger).
I like this one because it comes in different weights. Choose the weight that works best for you. I have a lightweight one (12 pounds) because the heavier ones were too much for me. It also comes with a removable, washable cover so you don’t have to wash the whole thing.
You can see it here.
10. Wash your towels in something that smells good
These are the little things that make me so happy.
Like reaching for a towel and it smells amazing. It’s like a little treat that you forgot about until you open the linen closet.
My mother-in-law recommended this to me and I’ve been using it for the past year.
It’s one of my favorite smells.
11. Treat yourself to a new candle
And I have the perfect one for you.
I shared this candle with y’all last year. It’s the perfect smell for heading into fall and everyone who I’ve recommended it to (I need to add it to What I Bought Wednesday) raves about it.
This candle brand has tons of other scents, but this one is my favorite.
12. Add some fresh flowers. to your kitchen
You can cut them from your yard.
You can buy an inexpensive bundle from the grocery store and add greenery from your yard.
You can even just cut branches from your yard.
The secret is to add something to water in a vase and put it on your counter.
13. Turn on some music
And TURN IT UP.
The twins and I do this all the time. We will turn on a classic that we know all the words to and sing it AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS.
If you aren’t a singer?
14. Make something in an air fryer
Have you used one yet? I’m trying to teach this to myself right now.
It’s such a better way of cooking.
My friend Peyton and I are working on an air fryer segment for YouTube so stay tuned.
Have you ever made cauliflower tots?
15. Go to bed early
So many of these tips involve sleeping.
That and water are my two favorite treats.
If you find yourself yawning at 9:00?
Give yourself permission to go to bed early.
Did you know that Walmart Home has a sleep shop? It’s full of amazing ideas and solutions to help you sleep. There are back pain solutions and solutions for the cool sleeper and the hot sleeper and even snoring solutions.
16. Write out a list of things you are thankful for
Sometimes life is happening so fast and we don’t even realize all the blessings that are going on around us.
They are there.
We just need to remind ourselves.
17. Tell yourself you are amazing
Remember when we discussed waking up and looking at ourselves in the mirror?
And telling that mirror self that we were amazing?
Just try it and report back.
The first step in convincing the world that you are amazing? Is believing it yourself.
YOU GOT THIS FRIEND.
Yes, you do. 🙂
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