What about the emotional side to this? I am so burnt out and in need of a break to really care or put energy into how I look. How do you fill your emotional needs?
My emotional needs are morning journaling, time to exercise, quality time with my husband and occasionally other friends, some alone time at a park or coffee shop, etc. I also have an emotional need to look nice and feel confident. Now, to be honest, I don't get to all of these things on a daily basis; some I haven't been doing since pre-baby. But I have a plan to reintegrate them into my life because I know it's what I need. For instance, I may write in the morning before my son wakes up, or even a little after he wakes, as he is very content first thing in the morning. I may exercise during his morning nap. If I don't have time to do a 45 minute video, I'll do something for 10-15 minutes. I think the key is to get oneself in motion to begin with. My husband is very supportive of me going out for coffee alone once a week and that helps (not that I've actually gone out every week, but I do want to make this a habit). Basically, he's happy to support me because he loves me and it's to our family's benefit for me to be my happiest best.
I think the different areas really cross over. If you care for yourself in one area, it'll cross over into other areas. It's kind of like sleep deprivation or marital problems will affect other areas of your life. I think the key for me is that I communicate my needs to my husband, and he is really receptive to hearing them.