What do you think of when you hear the phrase “self-care”?
Bubble baths with a glass of wine?
A therapy session?
A day-long Netflix binge?
Yet another thing to add to your growing to-do list?
Self-care can be a lot of different things to different people, but there’s one thing it should never be: stressful. We stopped by Longevity Boutique, where we found five amazing products to help you incorporate self-care into your everyday life and routine. Whether you’ve got five minutes or five hours, these products make self-care both easy and enjoyable.
Sundry Leopard Print Sweatsuit
Some days, self-care looks like going to the gym. Other days, it looks like curling up on the couch to read, nap, or just veg out. Either way, there’s no reason not to wear something comfy AND cute, right? Enter the Sundry leopard print sweatsuit. “This is one of my favorite things right now because it’s not your average sweatsuit,” says Christine Anguiano, owner of Longevity Boutique. “You’re not going to feel like you’re wearing a sloppy pair of sweatpants.” The fashion-forward print and flattering cut of this sweatsuit make it a winner for all your everyday activities — gym or no gym.
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a champion of athleisure, Christine believes feeling good in your athletic wear is a top priority. “Leggings are not exactly forgiving. At Longevity, I’ve brought in functional, practical, soft, comfortable workout clothes for real women,” Christine says. “My hope is that when you’re working out, you’re not worried about what you look like — you’re worried about staying in the moment and doing your thing.” And hey, wearing a fierce animal print certainly doesn’t hurt your “get after it” attitude.
Let’s be real — we all get tired of adulting sometimes. Take some time to hang up your adulting hat, and instead, enjoy the fabulously named “Adulting” candle from Anecdote Candles.
Something as simple as adding scent can elevate your mood when you’re overwhelmed or drained. “Sometimes it starts to feel like everything is on your shoulders, and self-care helps you step back,” Christine says, adding that aromatherapy is one of her favorite ways of caring for herself amid life’s chaos. “You realize that you’re a better mother, wife, and friend if you take care of yourself.”
Go ahead: Prop your feet up, breathe in the scent of “early nights” and “steady paychecks” and give yourself — and your loved ones—the gift of relaxation and a better mood.
Long run, or a long day at the office? Whether you’ve been on the move all day or stationary at your desk, your muscles can become stiff and fatigued, leading to headaches and soreness. How can you be at your best with all the demands on your body? “Foam rollers — I don’t know how anyone lives without them,” Christine says, “and a pinky ball is the best $4 you’ll ever spend.” Since these massage tools are relatively small, they’re easy to store in a closet, corner, or even a drawer for easy access. Plus, Christine adds, “You can totally use these while you’re watching TV or hanging with your kids.” Multi-tasking? We’re here for it.
Pixie Mood Bag
Many of us want to take care of ourselves, but fitting a workout into our already-full lives is a challenge. Yes, your career is important. Yes, you still have responsibilities to your family. But what about your responsibility to yourself? “It’s all about balance,” Christine says. “Last year, I went through treatment for breast cancer, and it really put things into perspective. As soon as you realize that you’re not going live forever, you have to create balance. It’s not all about work. You have to prioritize what is important to you. To me, it’s my family and my health.”
If it’s time for you to prioritize your health, too, give your workout routine a jumpstart with a stylish, but oh-so-functional, gym bag. Made with vegan leather, a classic Pixie Mood bag can easily hold your work gear AND your gym gear. No time to shower in between engagements? Toss in a pack of Yuni Shower Sheets to take you from studio-sweaty to office-ready in minutes.
When you’re always on the move, the right footwear can mean the difference between all-day comfort and miserably aching feet — and that includes your socks, too. Swiftwick socks provide much-needed compression and support for marathon runners and errand runners alike. Does your Pilates or barre class require grippy socks? Opt for Studio Pointe socks instead. They’ll keep your feet safely grounded throughout your workout, and they won’t show under your tennis shoes when you’re ready to go from studio to street.
When you’re ready to purchase your own self-care products, head to Longevity Boutique, located at 1006 Fatherland St Suite 104A, Nashville, TN 37206. Learn more at (615) 678-1332 or at longevity-boutique.com.
This article is sponsored by Longevity Boutique.