Getting Back Into the Beauty Habit

8 years ago

I have a confession to make: I've fallen off the personal care bandwagon. It's my job to write about the importance of taking care of yourself, but I haven't done anything more strenuous than brushing my teeth in weeks. No exercise, no make-up, and I have no interest in what's going on in fashion. I hardly recognize myself!

But I do have an excuse. I just had a baby. (Well, in October.)  (So maybe I didn't *just* have a baby, but it sure feels that way!)

I know better than anyone that when you have a baby everything takes a backseat to getting to know this new person you've brought into the world. This lack of interest in personal care is normal at this stage in my life-- I know it. But I've reached the point where the post-partum cloud is lifting and I'm missing taking care of me.  And with the new year quickly approaching I'm putting myself first again. I have a feeling I'm not the only person out there making the same decision in the new year.

The first step for me is accepting that I'm not going to fit into my old clothes just yet, but also accepting that it's time to let go of the elastic waist maternity pants. I didn't want to spend too much on clothes that I'll only wear for a few months, so I took a trip to the nearest Old Navy and bought a pair of inexpensive jeans and a pair of cords in my current size. Do you know what happened? I instantly looked better. I stood taller. It was the best $14.99 (times two) I've spent this year.

Speaking of standing taller, it's time to ease back into exercise. I've given up on gyms (I don't have the time) but am following my friend's advice to fit in short workouts at home. For now, I'm focusing on gentle post-pregnancy core exercises and look forward to gettign back on my yoga mat soon.

Lastly, I'm not above helping mother nature with a little extra support. Whether it's a nursing tank or extra core support a little bit of elastic goes a long way.

That's my plan for January. I'm hoping that by February I'll be ready to for more ways to ease back into a beauty routine.

How do you get back into the beauty habit?

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