I didn’t need to do a search on Pinterest for trending topics, as “self-care aesthetics” is everywhere on social media. But I did a search anyway and sure enough it’s trending. Big time. And I’m not sad about it either. So you’re probably wondering what even is “self-care aesthetics” and how does it apply to a life coach who’s focus is on teaching self-love.
As you may (or may not) know, I am just about “mid-life” (I consider 50 midlife and as I write this post, I am 47). I have worked on perfecting guiltfree self-love for a few decades. Maybe it was the way I was raised, or just the fact I had children in my very early 20s, but the guilt of taking care of my own needs was so incredibly thick, it wasn’t worth it. So I went without for a really long time. Zero out of ten do not recommend doing this.
As it sounds, self-care aesthetics is incorporating and injecting all our senses into the act of “self-care”. It typically looks like soft colors, natural textures, calming images, plants, crystals, and cozy blankets. All of these senses are designed to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that encourages you to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. It’s about creating a space that nourishes your mind, body, and soul. It’s about prioritizing your own well-being and finding ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Whether it’s taking a long bath with essential oils, journaling, or yoga, self-care aesthetics are all about creating a nurturing environment that helps you feel more centered and balanced in your everyday life.
Self-care aesthetics is setting the stage, and fully embracing the act of taking care of yourself; body, mind and spirit as the foundation of self-love. We all know by now self-love doesn’t have to be showy, or Instagram worthy in order to happen, and to be really helpful. But if it happens to help get you into a beautiful routine, and rhythm, which then builds up your self-confidence, your authenticity, your proudness of who you are – then it’s all worth it.
When creating a self-love routine that incorporates self-care aesthetics, it’s important to first identify the elements that make you feel calm, centered, and relaxed. As noted above, it might include soothing scents, soft fabrics, and calming colors. Once you’ve identified these elements, you can start to incorporate them into your routine in a way that feels good. Try lighting candles or using essential oils in your bath, incorporating plants and natural textures into your bedroom, or wearing soft, comfortable clothing that makes you feel good when you’re journaling, meditating or walking in nature.
My day starts at 6am with stretching, soft light, headphones and music that wakes up my brain & water with minerals. Then I go into coffee with oatmilk, a very light breakfast, journaling, and meditation (I use the headspace app). From that point I will do whatever morning chores I have while listening to an audiobook (just finished The Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman – will do a book review on this, it was good!) or head to the computer to work. I break often to stretch my legs and get snacks.
When the work day is over and it’s time to wind down, I’ll set the stage with jazz playing softly in the background while we cook in the kitchen. Before bed, I light some candles, draw up a warm bath filled with either epson salt or magnesium flakes (these are the exact ones I buy) and soak for at least 30 minutes. I don’t take any supplements or sleeping aids, luckily. But I do suggest if you have issues with finding ways to turn off your brain, and get a good night’s sleep, that you look into them. The magnesium bath has been helpful for me in order to relax even more, and I highly recommend it. If you suffer from restless legs, it’s also so incredibly beneficial!
I challenge you to look at your daily routines, and see where you can inject small doses of self-care aesthetics. The goal being it helps you feel even better when your loving on yourself while doing acts self-love, as I noted above with my daily routine.
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