A month ago, I would have started a post about self-care talking about how we are at an age where we can finally tend to our own health and well-being. That’s still true, but now we are also in the midst of a global crisis that both highlights the importance of taking care of ourselves emotionally and physically and gives us the time to devote our attention to it.
Self-care is composed of many things, including what we need to regulate our bodies. This is different for everyone, but might include a mix of exercise, social interaction, meditation, and certain kinds of food. It also includes pampering ourselves, from head to toe and everyplace in between. Our friends at Rosebud Woman are offering free PDFs of two self-care books, which you can download at these links: The Invitation: Daily Love for Your Intimate Self, which looks at how we love and care for our bodies (especially the often ignored parts), and The Body Love Journal, meant to help you strengthen the “muscle” of loving our bodies. (Buy either book in beautiful printed versions at Rosebud Woman’s website.)
Rosebud has a variety of self-care products that we’ve just started to carry, including Honor Everyday Balm, Soothe Calming Cream, and Arouse Stimulating Serum, as well as a Ritual Kit that includes introductory sizes of each. You can hear Dr. Barb and Redbud Woman’s founder, Christine Mason, talk about the philosophy behind the company and how the products came to be through this episode of The Fullness of Midlife.
During these unprecedented times, please continue to look after yourselves and make healthy choices. Stay home. Wash your hands. And give yourself lots of grace!
Dr. Barb DePree, M.D., has been a gynecologist and women’s health provider for almost 30 years and a menopause care specialist for the past ten.