We all could use a few more positive vibes right about now! To spread the love, here are Jen's favorite self care go tos and how she cares for others. We love Jen's list and are already incorporating it into our routines to power us into spring. Hope you enjoy it!
xo, Team JEN HANSEN
Jen's Self Care Go Tos
Teas - Tea is a great way to start your day or unwind after a hectic schedule. Jen treats herself to a mug of quality tea bringing much needed warmth and relaxation to the colder months. "I typically purchase all of my teas from The Tea Embassy in Austin. My favorites are their Women's Tea, Matcha and Blueberry Rooibos. I like them for different reasons and think they are all delicious."
Essential Oils - "If you come to my home, you will see, I always have my diffuser going! The essential oils I gravitate towards are Doterra's Lavender, Peace, Balance & Serenity - all so calming."
Jen adds a few dabs to her wrists, her pillow before bed, a hot bath or diffuses them. Essential oils are a great way to boost positive vibes in your environment and they smell great too!
Total Body Wellness - A large part of self care for Jen is body wellness: taking care of the body you have been given. "I LOVE my infrared sauna and the benefits it provides. Between the circulation, toxin elimination, reduced inflammation and relaxation, it is a game changer. Same with cryotherapy sessions - when I am in LA, I make a point to get there. Although it is so cold, when you leave cryotherapy you feel so revived and energized!"
Making a point to move your body can be the last thing you want to do in winter, but Jen always makes time to go for a hike and take in the outdoors. It's not only great for exercise, but for collecting her thoughts before or after the work day.
Laughter - We don't need convincing that spending time laughing with our girlfriends is THE best mood booster, but we know we need to do more of it! Jen is a true believer that a few laughs with friends is exactly what you need to brighten your week.
"When work gets busy, it can be difficult but you have to make time for fun with the ones you love. It will bring you joy and remind you of all you have to be thankful for in your life. And when I need a quick laugh, America's Funniest Home Videos never fails!"
Positive Intention Setting - "I believe in setting aside time for meditation, reading and prayer each day. It helps me stay heart centered and focused on what truly matters. Each morning I set a positive intention for myself and my loved ones for the day." When you choose to start the day on a positive note, you set yourself up for a better day and those around you will feel that too.
Retreating to Water - For Jen, when it comes to true peace and clarity, you will find her near water. The calming effect of an ocean or lake is something she has always been drawn to and is the inspiration for much of her designs.
Jen's Tips for Caring for Others
Phone calls - In the era of constant text messages and emails, it's truly important for Jen to pick up the phone and call her friends and loved ones. Hearing someone's voice makes such an impact! It can be the difference in making an okay day into an amazing one. Even if it is just a quick "Hi, how are you?" - your loved ones near and far want to hear from you.
"Since I am often traveling, I don't see the people I care about for weeks at a time, checking in and making sure they are doing well is important. I want them to know I am here for support and always sending them love."
Friend dates - Too often we get stuck in our daily routines or we find ourselves hibernating at home (looking at you Midwest & East Coast girls!) but scheduling lunches, dinner dates and brunches with our friends makes all of the hard work worth it!
"I love spending time with my friends catching up over a meal and rosé. We all get busy but getting together is good for everyone!" We all need to connect and feel like we are a part of a bigger community. Our girls, our sisters and our friends are our tribe and there are few things better than time spent together!
Gifting jewelry - Receiving a piece of jewelry is a welcomed surprise since we don't always treat ourselves to something new. There is something that feels truly special about surprising a dear friend with an unexpected gift. Jen loves the Ball and Tassel Earring right now - as it can be dressed up or down and is great for friends of all ages. Who wouldn't feel a little extra love with a gift like that?
Treating everyone like family-Treating people who come into your life or visit your home like family is a small gesture that goes far. By spreading more kindness and love, we will all benefit from the positive energy. As a part of the JEN HANSEN team, we know how genuine and gracious Jen is when you are in her company. She always recommends treating everyone with a giving spirit and love.
LOL LOL LOL Texts - Jen loves sending and receiving texts with funny images, gifs, or quotes with friends. Having a good laugh when you really need it can pivot a rough day into a great one. You always know someone who is in need of cheering up. Reaching out with something like this is a day maker for everyone. That's the power of comedy.