Last week I returned to teaching two ESL (English as a Second, Third, Fourth and sometimes even Fifth Language) classes. One class is in the morning and the other at night. Although I LOVE my long breaks from work, it is nice to be back following a regular schedule and seeing the students I love.
Before heading back on Tuesday night, I decided to spend some time getting things in place for the week. I cleaned out my two book bags and everything is now organized, I took a pair of pants in to have the snap replaced, and I replenished my personal hygiene products.
By replenish I mean I made my own products. You may think making your own personal hygiene products is a time consuming project. It's not. The amount of time I spent making these products took less time than I have spent reading the ingredients on the back of the products. Plus, these ready made products end up costing a lot more than making them.
First I replaced my small Rubbermaid container of coconut oil that I use as a moisturizer and eye make-up remover and then I made my hairspray and deodorant. What I have found in making a few of my own personal hygiene products is that I feel nourished when making them. This may sound strange but when I am making them I feel as if I am spending a little quality time on myself and I like that feeling.
Slowing down and finding time to spend on myself has been a slow process but one that I really enjoy. Just as I have discovered over the years that cooking meals for my family is not a chore but a small gift of myself that I can give to them each day, making my own personal hygiene products is a small gift I can give to myself. Not only do I feel safe using the products I have made myself because I know what is going into the products, but I also like knowing that I am spending time on something that is just for me. I feel as if I am pampering myself.
What do you do to prepare for your work week?