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One of the things we as mother’s tend to do is neglect truly caring for ourselves and it shouldn’t be that way.
Putting my physical and emotional health and well-being at the forefront is essential for not only myself but for my children. 

It doesn’t take a lot to lead a more healthier and self-care conscious lifestyle.  A few things I like to do to take care of me include:

  • ME time – Me time is taking some time out for just myself.  Whether it’s heading out to a local bookstore and perusing the shelves with a favourite cup of coffee, enjoying a lunch date with a friend, getting my hair done or just a glass of wine with my favourite music in the bathtub (uninterrupted, hopefully).  Another great way to incorporate self-care during some ME time is taking up a new hobby that you enjoy like painting or gardening. 
  • Aromatherapy – I personally am a huge fan and advocate for aromatherapy using essential oils.  I find them so therapeutic.  I use them for bathes and I run a diffuser with diffusing oil blends dependent on the mood I’m trying to achieve (whether its for bedtime and relaxation or more energy).
  • Exercise – I’m not an avid exerciser at all, and I will admit that.  However, with that said, I do make sure to find some time to get in a little workout a few days in my week.  30 minutes a day is good enough! A power walk on the treadmill reading a book or watching my favourite tv series, long walks with the family, a little zumba dance party or Just Dance on the Wii with the kids — it all adds up!  Bonus: Dancing leads to smiles and laughter which equals tons and tons of good-for-you endorphins! Exercise (and even just simple activities) can sometimes lead to muscle pains (this is evident as you *cough* “mature”), so one product I recommend that often helps eliminate the aches and pains is Aleve Back and Body Pain Reliever.
  • Get Outside – I cannot stress this one enough.  There is something extremely powerful and soothing about being surrounded by nature.  Get outdoors and go for a nice walk, preferably surrounded by some green and water.  
  • Stop Dieting – I hate the word ‘Diet”.  To me, it’s associated with deprivation so I avoid it.  Instead, eat foods that you enjoy with the mindset that you’re eating to live, not living to eat.  Food is definitely a major component in your health and fuels you for your days.  Choose wisely but don’t deprive yourself of the occasional treat. In moderation!
  • Take your Vitamins! Gone are the days of massive, icky vitamins with One A Day Gummy Multivitamins.  These are my favourite and aid in keeping my health on top.
  • Stay Positive – Sometimes I know this can be easier said than done, but it’s proven that thinking happy and positive thoughts, reading heart-happy, motivational and inspiring quotes and books and being around uplifting, accepting people is good for your health (and soul!).  And always tends to shift your negative energies to good ones.  It’s all about those good vibes.

Self-Care for a Better Life

Did you know July 24th is International Self-Care Day?
International Self-Care Day (ISD) is a worldwide campaign encouraging responsible self-care. We celebrate Self-Care Day on July 24th as a reminder that the benefits are life long and can be felt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What type of activities fall under the umbrella of Self-Care?

  • Making healthy lifestyle choices, like exercising and healthy eating
  • Using the tools available to us to diagnose and treat symptoms when we get sick
  • Making smart healthcare choices, including choosing the right products and medicines
  • Self-treating and monitoring minor ailments
  • Improving health literacy and access to tools that enable better self-care

Why is Self-Care important?

  • Taking better care of ourselves and understanding the products and services that can support self-care not only helps us lead healthier lives, but alleviates strain on our healthcare system by keeping people out of walk-ins and emergency rooms, which helps improve healthcare sustainability.
  • Aging populations and the rise of chronic disease are putting new financial pressures on healthcare systems around the world. If we all adopt self-practices, we help direct resources to patients who need it the most, while helping our own bodies and minds to thrive.

Bayer has been a staple brand in my home and medicine cabinet for plenty of years.  Their products and resources have been pivotal in helping me and my family lead a healthy, active life and making smarter choices about our health needs.  Each year, tens of millions of people around the world use Bayer Consumer Health products to prevent or treat common ailments and help support optimum health.  That’s why Bayer, a global health products leader, is working to educate consumers on how Better Self-Care for a Better Life can make a difference in health and quality of life, and help alleviate some of the strain on our health care system.

Self-Care Day Challenge and Giveaway!

In support of International Self-Care Day on July 24th, I challenge you to share your self-care practices.

To help get you started, Bayer has created a Self-care Calendar with one tip for each day of the month. You can use these every month or create some new ones! Click here to download.

As the owner of of Self-Care Day on Amazon.ca, Bayer wants you to participate in the Self-Care Day Challenge by sharing how you practice self-care and encouraging your friends and family to do the same.

10 of my readers will win a $15 Amazon.ca gift card to help you select Bayer products that you need to practice self-care.  
Savings: Bayer is making it even easier to practice self-care with their Buy 3, Save $10 promotion, eligible on almost all Bayer products sold on Amazon during the month of July.

To enter to win, simply leave a comment below sharing ways you self-care.
Contest is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18.

Be well!

Self-Care Day Challenge Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.

102 comments on “July 24th is International Self-Care Day + #Giveaway”

  1. Music is a powerful tool in taking care of myself & changing my mood structure. Plus a good foot soak, closing my eyes, & not worrying about chores until another day.

  2. The usual getting regular exercise, eating well and getting regular checkups. Lately though I’ve been meditating. Works for me!

  3. I get 2 x 15 minute breaks & 1 Hour break at work and I go for a walk for all these breaks. Its my time.. full body, mind & soul work out! I love it

  4. I practice self-care through daily meditation, yoga, eating my greens, getting sufficient rest and exercising outdoors in the quiet nature!

  5. I practice self care by making sure I have a little bit of my time to myself every day, 30 -60 mins, even it means turning on the TV and have the kids watch a show while I read or take a short power nap.

  6. I make sure I take a little time for myself every day, 30 mins or 1 hour, even it means I turn on the TV and let the kids watch a show while I read a book or take a short power nap.

  7. My self care is put more attention on myself, try out skin care products that make myself feel good and walk more often

  8. I find exercise is one of the best ways to practice self-care. I don’t get to the gym as often as I’d like, but I find time to exercise a bit each day.

  9. i get together with my girlfriends , have a long soak in a hot bath , read a book or pamper myself to haircut or mani/pedi to self care

  10. I make time to work out most days – I know the cardio and weight training isn’t always fun but it’ll benefit me now and in the future health wise!

  11. I listen to my body. By that I mean if feeling under the weather. I rest, and don’t push myself. Take my vitamins daily, and pain medication only as needed. Also regular doctor checkup’s too. Drink plenty of water daily.

  12. My self-care practices include taking daily vitamins & staying hydrated, Dr. Scholl’s shoe inserts in my walking shoes, and long relaxing showers before bed.

  13. I try to do a few things for myself each day. Crafts, visiting my grandchildren, sitting outside and enjoying the sunshine are a few ways. They all make me more positive and happy.

  14. Not a whole lot of self care going on right now. I’m a single Mom with no access to child care, and no family to help, so no breaks. Once school is back in I plan on taking a few days to read and be by myself for a bit.

  15. I self care by making sure I take my dog for a walk every day, no matter the weather or time of day. I need that fresh air and exercise.

  16. I practice self care by making time for the things that make me feel good. Listening to music, meditating and snuggling the dog are a few of my favorites.

  17. I practice self care by drinking plenty of water and by making time for myself to do my skincare routine every night.

  18. Thanks for sharing all these amazing self-care tips! You can only take care of others when you can take care of yourself first! 😃

  19. I have an autoimmune disease and I’m also caregiver for my medically fragile daughter. Finding time for self care is hard to come by, but so very important. For self care I take some time to myself and go for a walk on the beach and collect sea glass. I also love photography so when I get the chance I love to photograph beautiful sunsets.

    • Collecting seaglass and photography are fantastic hobbies and wonderful for self-care.
      You sound like a great mom.
      My husband also suffers from an autoimmune disease so I fully understand the importance of self-care especially when dealing with these. It’s an invisible disease too, so not everyone understands how hard it can be some days nor can sympathize.

  20. For me, self-care has meant putting myself on the to-do list as well. Kids need dentist appts? Me, too. Kids need new shoes or clothes? How are mine fitting? Etc

  21. I like to self-care by setting aside some me time for pampering myself with a pedicure or enjoying a cup of herbal tea.

  22. At the very least I wake up early before the kids and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in some peace and quiet. If I can get my nails done, visit my fav ice cream shop and have a few moments to myself from the chaos of the kiddos and life I’m happy!

  23. I do so many things. My favourites are home face masks, quiet time with my coffee, playing with my 2 dogs and massage.

  24. I play distracting mind games when I am feeling ookie but can’t solve the problem – like going for a walk and setting to goal of finding a kitty, taking a nice flower photo, saying hi to a stranger etc.

  25. I am a firm believer in taking off my shoes and walking through the grass, gardening in the dirt with bare hands and taking walks in nature. It is like a reboot to the system, so therapeutic! #SelfCareDay

  26. I make sure to take time for myself each day. Whether it’s a relaxing bubble bath or just sipping my coffee alone on th balcony before everyone else is awake. It’s the little things.

  27. I love putting on a facial mask and relax while my oul diffuser is on! Everyone needs time for themselves, even if it only 10 minutes!

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