If you're on the mend from a break up, in a bad relationship or happily single and free Valentine's Day may feel like a lot of unwanted hype. We've been there and know sometimes candy hearts and Cupid's arrows only result in sighs and eyerolls. It can all be unwelcomed and frankly stressful. So what's the perfect antidote to this day's over-the-top fanfare you ask? A healthy dose of self care.
Self care is defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. It's an important aspect of our health that is often overlooked.
Where Should You Start?
Balance in life can be hard. That’s why we want to encourage you to make yourself a priority.
Self-care can lead to better physical health and can help keep overall stress in check. We recommend slowing things down on a regular basis. A good way to start is with a rejuvenating bath.
Because most people can spend hours with technology daily, the tub makes a perfect respite from laptops and phones. For many, relishing in a long, warming bath has become a decadent ritual to revitalize and repair.
It’s evident that slowing down and spending time with yourself can provide numerous benefits to your life. According to a senior lecturer at MIT, Bob Pozen, taking regular timeouts can help a person refresh their focus and can lead to better productivity.
What better way to boost your potential and enjoy some well-deserved self-care than with a leisurely soak? Maude’s Soak No. 1 Nourishing Mineral Bath Salts offer healing dead sea salts to enhance your skin’s own natural hydration process.
Maude’s unique blend of vitamins and minerals infuses your bath with goodness that can help with body detoxification. And, the heavenly blend of amber, clove, and rich vanilla tonka bean will instantly relax you. Trust us, Maude can make your bath into a self-care spa session.
Is Self-Care That Simple?
Self-care is unique to every individual.
While healthy eating, regular exercise, connecting with loved ones and enjoying hobbies can all be considered self-care, taking time for yourself with something like a mineral salt bath is a great start.
Focusing on you can also help boost confidence—and there’s nothing sexier than confidence.
Self-care reminds you that your needs are important and can help create positive feelings that can improve your self-esteem. Don’t overthink it. Start with a simple, soothing bath and allow your self-care regime to build from there.
Relax with a Good Book
Since self-care bath time means banishing electronics, it makes sense to have something to read in your bath, right? We suggest enjoying a book that can help you confidently transform your sex life.
Dr. Emily Nagoski has penned an essential exploration guide of why and how women’s sexuality works in her bestseller Come As You Are—The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life. While your body relaxes, Dr. Nagoski will keep your brain stimulated with cutting-edge research that demystifies women’s arousal, desire, and orgasm.
This book will charm you with valuable knowledge, such as sharing the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, as well as how to increase sexual pleasure. Dr. Nagoski will captivate you with over a decade’s worth of research that can help you feel more confident and empowered than ever before, which can help reduce feelings of stress.
Self-Care also includes “Down There”
Often, we forget just how delicate our vulva is. Especially during winter months when humidity levels outside drop, we find skin all over our body dry and itchy—this includes the sensitive skin of our vulva.
Fortunately, Ladysuite’s Rejuvenating Botanical Oil For Intimate Skin is a special blend of natural oils to prevent dryness, sensitivity, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs.
Adding Ladysuite to your daily regime can soothe and smooth your most intimate region. This is a great way to show self-compassion by applying Ladysuite oil and tenderly massaging it into your inner and outer labia. The luxe, non-greasy texture can keep your vulva in tip-top condition all year round and not just during these winter months.
Nourish Your V – 100% Natural Intimate Moisturizing Oil is another wonderful way to keep fragile intimate skin nourished and exercise self-care. This formula has been used by women in Europe for decades to relieve vulva dryness and discomfort.
Nourish Your V has been clinically tested by both dermatologists and gynecologists, and a clinical study found that after 28 days of use, this formula had a significant lubricating effect on the mucous membranes of the vulva and helped reduce the sensation of dryness.
Adding Nourish Your V to your daily routine can be a substantial step toward self-care.
Self-Pleasure is an Important Part of Self-Care
By loving yourself, you strengthen your connection with your own desires and enjoyment. Practicing self-pleasure can give you a better understanding of your body and can allow you to explore new sensations.
The better you know your body and what feels good to you, the more your sexual confidence grows.
For personal pleasure, we recommend something small that’s easy to maneuver. Our Le Wand Bullet Compact Vibrator is petite and portable, easy-to-use, and has a strong, satisfying motor.
This bullet-style mini massager is an elevated version of a beloved classic and will win your heart with its versatility. The removable textured silicone sleeve can be removed depending upon your mood. And, it’s waterproof, which means it’ll pair perfectly with your self-care Maude Soak No. 1 bath.
And because there are better ways to spend your valuable time than searching for batteries, the Le Wand Bullet Compact Vibrator is conveniently rechargeable. Yes, it’ll be ready when you are.
Intimate Self-Care is Healthy
Oxytocin, also called the “love hormone”, is released from the brain’s pituitary gland and into the bloodstream during orgasms. Oxytocin can decrease stress.
By adding intimate self-care to your overall wellbeing routine, you can stay connected to yourself and boost feelings of relaxation and personal satisfaction. Just as high quality healthcare is important, high quality self-care is too, according to the World Health Organization. Taking care of you may help you stay in overall better health.
A Quick Self-Care Check List
Let’s Finish with a Quote
“Practice ignoring the self-critical, judgmental thoughts and focusing on the self-appreciating thoughts. And gradually it will become easier to celebrate your body as it deserves to be celebrated, to treat it with the respect and affection it deserves,” Dr. Emily Nagoski, Come As You Are—The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
Please let us know what you include in your own self-care routine. We would love to hear from you.