How are you doing on your resolutions? If you’ve already failed a few times, that’s okay. Only 8 percent of people keep their New Year’s resolution, according to a commonly cited statistic. It makes sense, too. Most of our new year’s resolutions are either too drastic or take too much time and energy. Add Crohn’s Disease into the mix, and you’re bound to be a bit overwhelmed. Whether you’re in remission or dealing with a flare-up, give yourself a break. What if you decided 2018 is going to be the year of self-love? Spoil yourself. Indulge. Nourish. You deserve it, so why not?
Here are five self-care New Year’s resolutions to spoil yourself in 2018.
Give yourself an at-home spa day once a week.
Take a bubble bath. Veg-out in a face mask. Paint your nails. Put on relaxing music while you lay next to your essential oil diffuser. Ask your partner to give you a massage.
My favorite at-home face and body mask: 1 heaping teaspoon of turmeric, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, freshly cracked pepper, and a few drops of honey. Spread a thin layer on your face and anywhere else on the body that needs some love. Let it dry for 20 minutes, then wash off with body wash/soap and water.
Treat your hair like a queen.
If you’re dealing with hair loss from medicine or nutrient loss, hair masks can be helpful. One of my favorite overnight hair masks is the Sephora Rose Hair Sleeping Mask. The easiest at-home hair mask needs just two ingredients: coconut oil and olive oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. Massage into scalp and leave on for 1-2 hours. Wash out with shampoo.
Take 30 minutes of “Me Time” every day.
Thirty minutes, at least. What is “me time”? It’s the time you give yourself to do something that calms you and warms your soul. No phone, no computer, no TV. “Me Time” is a time to meditate, read a book, paint, color, or journal. Do whatever allows you to relax and turn inward.
Indulge in more water and tea.
Give yourself the gifts of more energy, better skin, and a stronger immune system. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. The general rule is to drink 8 ounces of water a day, but everyone is different. It depends on how much you exercise and what you consume. Try drinking herbal tea instead of coffee. This will help you stay hydrated and avoid the midday headache. Some of my favorite herbal teas are peppermint and ginger.
Nourish your body with meal prep.
Meal prep seems stressful, but with proper planning it can be one of the best ways to spoil yourself. Think about it. During the week when you’re overwhelmed with work and to-do lists, your meals are already made. And on the weekend when you’re relaxed and have time to spare, you grocery shop and do all the cooking. You will find that meal prepping saves you money, time, and encourages a healthier lifestyle.