7 Ideas for Your Self-Care

Over the last decade, the self-care industry has flourished thanks to the advent of social influencers, self-help bloggers, and society’s increased emphasis on mental health. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of self-care is “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.” While self-care refers to completing basic functions that maintain health and hygiene. The term has also come to refer to enjoying luxuries of all magnitudes from eating an extra scoop of ice cream to purchasing a new laptop. All your self-care choices should be done within reason. In other words, if you are struggling to make a tuition payment, maybe don’t buy the top-of-the-line new smartphone. The goal of the cultural-version of self-care is to recognize your accomplishments, no matter how small, and celebrate them.

The phrase “treat yourself” has become the iconic mantra of self-care because it embodies the notion of rewarding oneself through enjoyable activities and purchases. If you recognize the need to focus on your own self-care, here are seven ideas for how to treat yourself:

1. Take A Bath

Beyond basic cleanliness, a long, warm bath and a good book can be a great way to relax after a stressful day or week. Light your favorite scented-candle and drop in a bath bomb for an evening of relaxation and enjoyment. Your muscles will thank you when they are tension-free as you head to bed.

2. Watch An Extra Episode

Are you just dying to know what happens in the next episode of the show you are currently trying not to binge-watch? There is no harm in watching one more episode if you have the time. Maybe the dishes need to be done or the dog needs to be groomed – if a minor chore stands between you and your desire to watch an extra episode, then treat yourself!

3. Order Two Appetizers

Counting calories has its time and place. If you are out to dinner for a special occasion, don’t kick yourself in the butt for ordering extra treats. While going out for a meal is about food, it is also about good company. More food means longer time spent at the table engaging in conversation. It’s all about the apps!

4. Plan Your Dream Trip 

Whether you want to take a road trip one state over or have dreamed about exploring Machu Picchu since you were a kid, now is the time. You don’t have to actually take the trip tomorrow. Simply starting to plan is a step in the “treat yourself” direction! You’ll be surprised how exciting it can be to save time off and money when you know it’s for something you’re looking forward to.

5. Cut Out the Negative

Self-care isn’t all about bringing goods things into your life. It’s also about letting go of the bad. From letting go of friends who don’t have your best interests at heart to decluttering your apartment, it can be very relieving to remove people and things from your life that are holding you back from living your best life.

6. Splurge A Little

You never want to make a purchase that is going to prevent you from paying for your non-negotiables (rent, insurance, groceries, etc.), but every now and then it is nice to indulge in that item that is just outside of your budget. For some people that might be buying a popular brand of athletic apparel and for others that might mean buying lunch out one day per week instead of packing it.

7. Spend More Time On You

It can be challenging to make time for yourself with the hustle and bustle of life sweeping you along. Between work, family, friends, and responsibilities it can sometimes seem impossible to make time for yourself to do little things like paint your nails, workout, or dance around the living room. Whatever it is that makes you feel like you, make more time for it.

Self-care is easier to do when you live somewhere that you love. If you are searching for a new place to call home where you can watch extra TV episodes, read in the bath, hang your splurge buys, and more, then explore the White Oak Communities of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes. From one to three-bedroom apartments, there is a layout to suit anyone’s lifestyle and self-care regimen.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

 

The signs that the official start of summer is right around the corner are increasingly evident – kids are getting antsy in anticipation of their break, coworkers are sending out of office emails left and right, and stores are overflowing with swimsuits, sunscreen, and grilling tools.

With the abundance of sunshine and warm weather comes the itch for a vacation! Not everyone has the time or money for a “luxurious” vacation, though your Facebook or Instagram feed may make you feel otherwise. If you know you will be spending the summer locally, don’t worry! You can still experience social media worthy fun! Here are some stay-cation ideas to fill your summer weekends:

Catch a Game

Silver Spring, MD is conveniently located near both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making attending a sporting event in either city a manageable outing. The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both have 13 home games to choose from this June. You can find the Nationals’ schedule here and the Orioles’ schedule here. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark filled with tasty treats and good company.

 

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

The White Oak Communities residents enjoy close proximity to numerous public parks, not to mention the green space within each property. Enjoy a meal and some fresh air by having a picnic. A wicker basket and checkered blanket aren’t necessities, but they’re charming! Whether you plan on packing classics or are having a potluck-style picnic, great food and conversation will having you feeling like you’re on vacation instantly.

 

Chill Out at the Movies

Escape the summer heat or a rainstorm one afternoon by taking in a movie at Regal Cinemas on Ellsworth Drive or AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Going to an early show may help you save money on tickets with matinee pricing, depending on the theater. A movie is a perfect activity to “escape” feeling like you’re at home if you’re craving time away. Captivating flicks are notorious for engrossing audiences and making people feel like they are elsewhere.

 

Explore Nature

You don’t have to be the adventurous type to explore nature. There are hikes in and near Silver Spring to suit all skill levels. Spend the day trekking the trails of Sligo Creek Park, Burnt Mills East Special Park, or Matthew Henson State Park to feel transported to a new place. As you pass little woodland critters and listen to the sounds of babbling brooks, you’ll be glad you aren’t sitting in traffic going to the beach.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tour

Maryland is known for many wonderful things including its wineries. Napa Valley has nothing on our local wine tours! Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Westminster, and Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard in Frederick are just a few of the most popular choices. Explore Google and TripAdvisor for a vineyard that piques your interest. You’ll be sipping on your favorite wine without having to sit on a cross country flight in no time!

 

Day Trips

Silver Springs’ location makes stay-cation worthy day trips a breeze! Beyond Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, popular day trips include Annapolis, MD, St. Michaels, MD, Arlington, VA, and Gettysburg, PA. Check out some ideas for a quick getaway here. Whether you have your own car or utilize public transportation, a day away will scratch your vacation itch without breaking the bank!

 

Curious about living in Silver Spring, MD for its convenient proximity to urban, suburban, and rural fun? Learn more about why it’s a great place to call it home all year long. Once you’ve moved into Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch you’ll have out of town guests raving about everything there is to do when they visit.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.