Self Care In San Antonio
Inspired by Selfie Podcast, I’ve been working on consistency in my self care. This is a quick list of the who and what I love here in San Antonio to help me take care of me.
Matthew Lopez at Bixa Hair Studio takes me from this:
Not even exaggerating. Matthew is really that good. He has great people working with him who are also crazy talented. Another thing I like and respect about Bixa is they are consistently environmentally conscious. Check out their website to see all of the effort they are making to create sustainable beauty. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram .
A couple of weeks ago, I had my first facial in years. I went to Annette at Tr3s Salon on Bitters near Blanco. Annette has taken care of my brows for a long time and I believe in her skills and knowledge. It was so great to be pampered for an hour. And my face feels SO MUCH SMOOTHER since my facial. Another thing I like about Annette is that she uses plant based products, not tested on animals. I am SO HAPPY with how my skin looks and feels. You can reach Annette directly at 210-844-9387. If you haven’t had a facial in a while, I highly encourage you to take that time for yourself. It really is worth every minute. Also, if you’re looking for an eyebrow magician, Annette’s your girl.
One constant in self care for me is running.
It used to be I had the same route, over and over. Once my running group changed, once I stopped running to race and just started running for peace of mind, I began looking for new routes. San Antonio has really stepped up its running game. Have you seen this? Walkers, bikers, runners, strollers… there’s a trail for everyone! Even 15 minutes of fresh air can breathe life into what seems like a miserable day. Get out there and try it! It makes me proud to see my city taking the health and happiness of its citizens so seriously.
While I’m not as consistent as I could be, I’m definitely a fan of an at home yoga practice. A great resource for yoga at any time of the day is Daily Om. There is yoga for every style, length of time, and experience on this website. And a really cool thing is that you determine how much you pay. (There’s literally a dollar amount option on the button you click to order.)
So, those are things I actually do. Here are a couple of things I know I need to do and plan on starting in my effort to improve self care:
I have not made massage a priority. That needs to change. There are so many benefits including stress release and injury recovery and prevention. I’ve known Jenny Rice, LMT for several years and she has recently set up her practice in the Monte Vista area. Check out her website and her blog. She has a lot of great information about why you and I really need to make an appointment with her.
Why can’t I commit to this? I’ve read that as little as five minutes a day can make an impact. I have this app on my phone and I stare intently at it every morning. “Today is the day” I tell myself. Every. Day.
What do YOU do to take care of YOU?