When Self-Care Starts With A Bottle Of Nail Polish

At the recent self-care retreat, our Sunday speaker Mia Redrick talked to retreat attendees about the concept of “blending”—where you fit in your me-time throughout the day. It was like a light bulb went off. When you think about it, waiting until the end of the day to feed yourself sounds foolish and a direct path to failure.

I immediately tried to think of ways to include myself more fully into my day. Mia recommends looking at all the errands you have to run and the extracurricular activities you end up taking your children to. How can you fit in some self-care while your child has soccer or karate practice? If you have to go to the grocery store, can you also pick up a magazine for yourself?

For me, my hands tell my stress. If I’m overwhelmed or not taking good care of myself, the first place it shows up is on my hands. If I’m struggling, my nails are brittle and peeling, my cuticles are peeling and all my nails are different lengths.

I used to be one of those women who thought regular manicures were a waste of money. Who cares what your hands look like? But I do so much with my hands. I make a living with these hands. I raise my children with these hands. I depend on them to do so much and I need to make it a habit of caring for them.

This is why I’m so thankful that Dr’s Remedy Nails signed on to sponsor the 2015 Self-Care Retreat. Their line of podiatrist formulated, vegan nail polish has been designed to promote healthy nail growth as well as give you beautiful color. The polishes do not contain formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor or pthalates or DBP. As an “empowerment coach,” I also love that each shade is named with a wellness word.

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This past weekend, I decided to incorporate a little “blending” in my life. My kids asked me to take them to the park and since it was still warm, I agreed. Normally, I either play with the kids or sit on the bench in the shade and wait for them to tire out.

But that day, I packed a good book and my Dr’s Remedy Nail Polish and made plans to do my nails while they played. I was overdue to spend some time on myself.

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And it was great. The polish has a rich color—even one coat gives great coverage—and I love how the polish has tea tree oil and other vitamins in it to not only make your nails look good but actually become healthier as a result.

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When it was time to go home, I felt immensely better. Instead of grumbling about how I had so much to do once we got home, I felt relaxed and ready to take on the second half of my day.

TIP: Try “blending.” How can you take care of yourself while taking care of your children as well?

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