Self-Care — And Why It’s Important As We Age

Pat Garner

I thought it was important to share my thoughts about self-care…while this is directed more toward the ladies, men can benefit too.

My thought for this article started when I desired to buy new bras. I don’t know what I dread more…bra shopping or the dentist. My go-to bra for the last year has been the sports-bra variety. So I felt it was time for a change. Unfortunately, my first attempt to buy bras was an epic fail. I had no idea what size I was, and nothing fit right.

I eventually made my way to Soma. My experience was terrific. I was measured, and the stylist listened to my concerns about what I wanted/needed and made the experience enjoyable. I tried on many styles and types of bras until I found my holy grail. Bras aren’t cheap, so I looked at this as an investment in my well-being. I still enjoy my sports bras, but it’s nice to have some well-fitting “fancy” bras.

After working, it’s easy to fall into the I don’t need to get dressed up or wear make-up mindset. While I no longer need to wear business attire, I enjoy wearing casual dresses, maxi skirts, and cute flats. I don’t wear make-up regularly, but I’m committed to my AM & PM skincare routine and always wear sunscreen on my face. My go-to is Australian Gold Botanical Sunscreen Tinted Face Mineral Lotion, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant, SPF 50.

It’s easy to let go of things we did while working. If funds are limited, there are ways to take care of yourself on a budget. Go to the local cosmetology school for hair and nails and massage therapy school for massage. I LOVE thrift store shopping and always find new to me outfits. Another inexpensive, good, quality place to find great fashion pieces is H&M. Also, don’t dismiss Walmart for fabulous costume jewelry and fashion. Look at buying drug store brands for skincare and make-up. I buy from E.L.F. Cosmetics, which are probably the least expensive and good quality products. If you wear glasses, change up your look with new frames. Eyeglass World or VisionWorks are great inexpensive options. Check out online brands like Zenni Optical or Warby Parker if you have your prescription.

Why am I sharing all this with you? I truly believe taking care of YOU is enormous as we age. I want to be crystal clear that what you do for yourself is for you and no one else. I have a wonderful husband who says he could care less about what I wear…blah, blah, blah. He’s sincere in his comments. However, I do what I do for myself and me alone. I want to look and feel my best for myself. Period!

Diet, movement, sleep, hydration are foundations of longevity. Self-care is another tool for keeping your mental well-being in check.

 

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