By Jeff Ambroz
It's Cyber Monday, and the online holiday shopping season is now in full swing.
The holiday season is a time to consider and celebrate others. And yet, with all the stresses of online and in-store shopping, cooking, baking and visiting it’s easy to forget about one very special person.
And that special person is you. Far from being self-indulgent, self care ensures that you’re healthy and able to fully participate in life.
So together, let’s start a new trend: From now on, we’re also going to take care of ourselves during this delightful season. Let's start with online shopping for ourselves at some of the HandmadeMN Etsy shops.
A smart way to start the day is with some ground rules, beautifully presented in this 12 Steps to Self Care Card by evebrown. Personally, I like to frame and hang greeting cards, and this appears to be a perfect candidate for the picture frame treatment.
|Wise rules, for this season and all seasons.|
While you’re in the self care state of mind, it’s time to relax. A fun way to indulge in the shower is with this trio of beer soaps by AllThingsHerbal. Remember, it’s okay to keep all 3 for your personal enjoyment.
|Invigorating and special: handcrafted soaps made with beer|
With your neck and shoulder muscles loosed up a bit, why not take it all the way? A neck heating pad by WarmHugsCornBags will take you to new depths of relaxation.
|Winter relaxation never looked so good!|
Winter can be tough on the lips. Try a bees wax lip balm by SweetBeeHoney. The balms are made with unrefined, filtered beeswax from the owner’s hives.
|Mind your own bees wax with these soothing lip balms.|
Now that you’ve taken care of your body, it’s time to recharge your spirit. This State Fair After DarkCanvas by gieslahoelscher will help your mind drift to the free-spirited fun of the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It’s a perfect stress reliever on a cold Cyber Monday, or on any day.
|Minnesota State Fair memories will boost your spirits.|
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling better already: refreshed, inspired and re-energized. And maybe I've talked myself into buying two each of these items: one for me, and one for someone on my gift list. Let’s start celebrating!