Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices and Mindful Indulgences

Every now and then, it just feels like we need a palate cleanser. Some sorbet. A break from discussions about undertones in white paint or how consistently cool Leanne Ford’s interiors are. Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices and Mindful Indulgences is a handful of self-kindnesses I’m showing myself these days.

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices and Mindful Indulgences

1. SEEING BETTER: Literally & Metaphorically

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Spiritual Seeing & Self-Care

It wasn’t until I turned 40 that I began thinking about my spiritual lens. To be honest, the predominant picture of a fruitful spiritual journey I grew up with was heavy on the self-denial, church attendance, and shame. Yet as I awakened to the always flowing unconditional love, I was led to greater self-acceptance and wider capacity to love others.

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

Daily Spiritual Practices

Centering prayer, meditation, scripture, singing psalms, silence, solitude, quiet walks, and being out in nature open my soul and train the eye. Sometimes it takes tragedy and loss for such depth to come. But it can also grow out of fierce desire. Five years ago, my desire to SEE burned so bright in my heart that other parts of me (will, ego, pride) didn’t have a chance!

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When Practices Become Daily Rhythms

Daily spiritual practices can become built into your day. I do them without ever expecting to be blessed or consoled, but the time is never wasted. They become practice for letting go, staying undefended, and becoming teachable.

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

Seeing as God sees has not been a strategy for aerie faerie happiness as much as a humbling, embodied, evolving education anchored in truth and wonder.

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2. FEELING BETTER in My Skin

Healing KUL CBD Skin Care

While many of you were transforming your gardens and interiors during the spring of sheltering, I was a mad scientist on a quest to heal angry excessively dry inflamed skin, including severe rosacea unresponsive to prescriptions.

KUL CBD Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliating Cleanser: I did NOT expect to like this or have any opinion whatsoever because I mean, what could a new exfoliant or cleanser do? Oh my. This is different, and I ADORE IT.

If, like me, you’re not quick to jump on any hemp-based or CBD bandwagon, I hear you. This isn’t a sponsored post. But the proof is in the tasting, and I found just what my skin loves and needed: a blend of CBD, probiotics, micro-algae, and calming anti-inflammatory ingredients such as rose oil and milk thistle.

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Night Repair Moisturizer: It is making my skin clearer, brighter, and plumper and is simply THE BEST luxury-grade cream I have ever used.

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I think I see what you essential oil geeks are nutty about now (I thought that was all hocus pocus placebo effect). WHAT A BLESSING KUL’s concoctions immediately addressed the ills my skin presented. If these products can work magic on my sorry, over 50, chronically ill with pancreatitis skin, I cannot imagine what they do for healthy types!

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Glo Serum: There are a gazillion facial serums out there making promises, KUL CBD’s glo serum has become my holy grail.

KUL’s glow kit elevates my everyday and is an easy, mindfully indulgent way I can care for myself like I would a friend in need. A few minutes in the morning and evening provide a pocket of silence, soothing comfort, and a gentle moment to nurture the organ that serves me so well.

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Green Tea + Terpene CBD: You can add this to whatever you like to drink, but I like it straight from the dropper and am so grateful for how it helps me sleep.

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Beauty sleep is critical to repairing skin, and I am sleeping better thanks to KUL CBD’s tinctures (the Green Tea is not half bad, but I prefer Mint since the aroma has always soothed my nausea). I take the lowest dose (.25 of a dropper) just before bed and highly recommend it as a sleep aid or to promote relaxation.

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Under the Skin: Mental Health Self-Care

I love how Brene Brown suggests I mindfully prevent a freak out:

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

Since we’re in a global crisis, if you simply examine #1, you might find there’s reason enough to freak. But #2 requires us to go deeper. Will a freakout help the situation?

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I don’t know about you, but I have felt stretched in fresh ways to become more mindfully responsive and less reactive during so much uncertainty. Family can get on the nerves. There is so much emoting happening in social media and on the streets. How do you cope with daily headaches from a new normal, the mounting grief of illness and death, civil unrest, and political divisiveness?

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Coping Ideas

Here’s my plan: Look in the mirror, and come back to you. Feel the things but don’t obsess. Take a break from social media. Make your bed. Take a shower. Massage glow serum into your skin and wear clothes you feel like you in. Wear bronzer. Phone a friend. Go for a walk or get on your bike. Listen to inspiring podcasts, learn about history, create art for no good reason, and immerse yourself in books, poetry, music and art to free you from thought patterns that keep you stuck.

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

Daily self-care practices like meditation help me get centered and less reactive. Personally, they help me become the prayer on my lips and the peace for which I long. They help me put on a new mind. Because if the weight of life lately seems like it’s all too much for your mental health, then it is. You’re not alone.

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Just in Case You’re Thinking…

Should the thought occur: ‘Girl, I have responsibilities and no time like yer fairy self obviously has for such hippie dippie Kumbaya,’ then I’d say. ‘Oh, sister, let’s chat softly in the garden…you’re responsible for your soul too. To hear it whisper requires a bold journey into spaciousness.’

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Self-Care Over 50: Daily Practices as well as Mindful Indulgences

We’re only here a little while. My illness is a constant reminder I just just don’t have the time to NOT grow into a more loving, peaceful, imperfectly magnificent and wild student of the Divine Mystery.

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3. Double Tasking Makeup

Westman Atelier Clean Beauty

I never gave the ingredients in my cosmetics a second thought until 2013 when my world turned upside down with BRCA2+ genetic mutation. Hysterectomy, mastectomy, reconstruction, and the dawn of my anti-cancer journey found me reading the fine print and thinking about toxins.

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Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation: this can do double duty as a base as well as concealer.

I loved the small batch, made in Paris, Votre Vu line back then, but since they closed, I have a crush on Westman Atelier. The brainchild of famed makeup artist Gucci Westman, she passionately worked with chemists in Paris to formulate luxurious, clean beauty products with good-for-the-skin ingredients.

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
Baby Cheeks Blush Stick (Petal): never met a cream blush I didn’t love, and this one is meant for lips and eyes too!

‘The Cake Look’ is Still Not a Thing

All that effort for clean beauty wouldn’t matter much if the makeup didn’t perform…but it DOES! If you’re over 40 or 60 or 50 like me, you simply cannot tolerate heavy makeup (clean or otherwise) that settles into wrinkles or clings to dry patches. I like my cake to look like cake, and my skin to look like skin. Most of us are after a radiant glowy look that looks like us but better and takes only a few minutes.

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick
Petal is a gorgeous shade of the Baby Cheeks blush to wear on cheeks and eyes as well as lips.

The price is luxurious too. This sort of revolution didn’t come cheaply, yet from my calculations, although the initial investment costs twice as much as I typically spend, I’m actually spending just 50% more since a little goes a long way. Westman Atelier products multitask and feel like an extension of my skin care. Similarly, I’m willing to pay $2.50 for a package of gluten-free pasta, which costs 150% more than the generic wheat pasta for a buck…because it’s a healthier choice for me.

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Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer: so much healthier to fake a tan or a glow when you love a sunkissed look!

4. The Art of Homemaking

Not gonna lie. In my 20’s and 30’s, my super powers for maintaining a tip top ship shape nest, bringing home the bacon, AND effortlessly frying it up in a pan were tooooiggghhhhhht (translation: damn impressive). But here I am, and I can only do smaller things with great love now. Forget about making it look easy…sounds exhausting.

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Turns out, working in little spurts on housecleaning, art projects, meal prep and home improvement still leads to progress. Once you stop equating “less than perfection” with fail, a whole new world of success stories emerge.

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So, yep, I was more productive at 40, but I’m more of a mindful artist over 50. There’s nothing to prove to anyone, and there never was! (If I could, I would go back in time and whisper that to my 33 year old, productive toned-arm, prone-to-depression self.)

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5. Healthy Breakfasts & Bread Making

I make time for a lovely healthy breakfast every morning, and my favorite one is HERE. For lunch, I typically eat vegetables and a slice or two of my no-flour, no-knead healthy bread.

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Eating a healthy diet and preparing meals for my family remain important daily practices for me, and even my restricted diet and disease have not been able to rob me of such joy. But I also know I am very fortunate to have this appetite for food, for life, for love, for learning. I count this as a priceless gift.

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You too are a gift. Thank you for journeying with me and adding your own thoughts about how daily practices enrich your body, mind, and spirit.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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20 Comments

  1. Sharrie Mezzanotte
    July 3, 2020 / 7:47 am

    Dear Michele ,
    Sweet “friend”,thank you for the love and in letting us know that life is still good…we are all beautiful and always enough.
    Ever peace,
    Sharrie

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 9:15 am

      Thanks so much for reading. πŸ™‚

  2. Mumbai
    July 3, 2020 / 11:32 am

    getting older means understand yourself better. So many things I would explain to my younger me but it is never to late to take care of your body and in particular your soul and spirit. Yoga and Meditation help me to stay healthy and a bit still young at 74. The inner peace is my greatest gift I have worked on my entire life. Best for you and stay healthy.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 1:58 pm

      Beautiful words of wisdom – thank you for bringing your peace here. xox

  3. Carole
    July 3, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    Thank you for the gift of your sweet words and open heart, Michele. I’m sorry that your early faith experience was so negative. Sadly, that can happen when we humans try to create God in our own image, rather than recognizing that it is the other way around.

    The COVID crisis is another example of how we can handle life poorly. It made us slow down and think, until we thought we saw (or wanted to see) light at the end of the tunnel. Then frustration reared it’s ugly head and we were off to the races again, because we are “so over this sheltering in place”. We look for someone, anyone, to blame for what could be a gift of time, but we can be too self-focused to receive it… It doesn’t look familiar. It requires patience. It must be bad. And, we look for someone, anyone, to give us hope. It makes us feel better about ourselves. Maybe the answer is to look for the truth. Not your truth or my truth or her truth or his truth, but The Truth. Not an easy answer in our current reactionary microwave society, but it is a Gift. May we be receptive.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 9:11 pm

      It does seem to be hard for many Americans to not play the blame game. I think there is a lot of mental illness going on as a result of the pause – and I’m so concerned about domestic violence which is on the rise for obvious reasons. Praying for peace and mercy to cover our land.

  4. July 3, 2020 / 3:56 pm

    Michele,
    I love your posts. They are always so inspiring and insightful. I ordered some Kul exfoliating cleanser. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things.
    Take care my friend.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks so much, Bev. You’re going to love it! I haven’t used anything else like it, and it’s packed with stuff my skin loves. Happy weekend, friend.

  5. Marilyn S.
    July 3, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    You always always always bring it back around – it’s that sensible , peaceful wisdom (combined with humor) that I love .

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 9:04 pm

      Thanks for the encouragement – that just made my night, Marilyn. Happy holiday weekend, and peace to you.

  6. Suziex
    July 3, 2020 / 8:04 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post. I am new to your blog and I must say your blog
    provides me the peaceful retreat that I need. Thank you.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 3, 2020 / 9:04 pm

      It’s so lovely to have you here – thank you for taking the time to leave lovely footprints here. I hope you visit everyday!

      • Suzie
        July 4, 2020 / 7:45 am

        I do visit everyday. πŸ™‚ Stay safe and have a peaceful weekend.

        • Michele
          Author
          July 4, 2020 / 6:05 pm

          Thank you so much for your loyal following – wishing you peace and a happy holiday. πŸ™‚

  7. Deborah Klose
    July 4, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    You are real and delightful. Your posts always inspire.
    Thank you

    • Michele
      Author
      July 4, 2020 / 6:04 pm

      It’s so great to have you here – I appreciate your words so much. xox

  8. Amy
    July 6, 2020 / 4:58 pm

    So much love and wisdom and great product suggestions! Thanks for all! I’m always encouraged by what you share and I look forward to trying some of the products you mentioned. You’re always an inspiration in so many different ways! 😍

    • Michele
      Author
      July 6, 2020 / 7:58 pm

      So happy to hear it, Amy! Hope you and yours are holding steady during the pause and this historical adventure. Peace to you!

  9. July 9, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Such a much needed post for so many, Michele! I featured it at the TFT party so that many others can be soothed and encouraged. I’m grateful for your thoughtful insights all the time. I hope you’re have a feel good day today! xo

    • Michele
      Author
      July 9, 2020 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much, Pam. I am having a pretty good day after some rather hard ones. Thank you for your constant encouragement and support. See you soon over at TFT, friend. πŸ™‚

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