Before I get into sharing about romanticism, I wanted to share with you what romanticism means to me.
When I studied the romantic era, I found so many ideas and philosophies centered around this subject, philosophies that I do not believe in.
I am a Christian, and I try and govern my life according to Biblical scriptures.
I’ve chosen to embrace some of the mannerisms and characteristics of the romantic period.
I do not practice or associate with the practices or philosophical beliefs that does not line up with scriptures.
Let’s take a look at the definition of romanticism.
1. Romanticism defined means: a movement in the arts and literature that originated in the late 18th century, emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity, and the primacy of the individual.
2. the state or quality of being romantic.
In this blog post, my emphasis will be taken from the 1st meaning of romanticism. It is based only on the subjectivity and primacy of the individual, which is me.
There are core components that made Romanticism an era. I will only choose the components that fits my beliefs. The rest of the dogma round romanticism I will leave in 18th century.
Romanticism came from Europe and by the 1800-1850 peaked in areas around the world including North America.
Romanticism is not centered around a certain culture or race. Everyone can embrace a romantic lifestyle.
What I’m only taking from the Romantic era is the way they use emotions and feeling to make thier life and experiences exciting and come alive.
So here are some of the components that I am embracing from the Romantic era.
* Remembering child like play and embodying child like discovery of the world.
* Building a intimate relationship with the Heavenly Father and learning about Him from the Bible, and what he had in mind when He created mankind and the world.
* Finding beauty in music, the arts, literature, romantic poetry, painting, education, nature, history, natural sciences and gaming, like chess.
* Respecting the mind and the intellect of mankind.
* Expressing one’s self and being authentic. Being an original. Being different, brave and bold.
* Women embracing homemaking and motherhood as a privilege and as a art form. Finding beauty and joy in the everyday mundane.
This is in no way advocating a woman’s place is in the home. Some of us have to work and some of us want to work and some of us chose to be home.
Why not have fun in this season of your life. You might as well romanticize about it. Have fun, love and appreciate the joys of motherhood and homemaking.
* Bringing in joyous dance with our families and in worship before God.
* Respecting the nostalgic and bringing back modest dressing and feminine modest fashion like vintage, lace, pearls, jewels and satin. I am a modern girl too, I like to mix both worlds.
* Making delicious dishes and leaving the aroma of a home cooked meal in the atmosphere.
* Bringing in wonderful feminine aromas like aromatherapy oils, scented candles, plug-ins and room sprays into your home.
* Taking luxurious aromatherapy baths and spa showers.
* Going back to letter writing, list writing, schedule keeping, budgeting and Journaling.
* Drinking rich coffees, teas and Frappuccinos.
* Laughing and enjoying your husband, family and friends.
* Taking classes, reading and listening to life changing inspiring podcast, books and youtube videos. I know this is modern but it falls under the rich literature category.
* Decorating organizing and cleaning your home with romantic surprises. Like flowers, candles, paintings, vintage furniture ect.
* Appreciating moments of solitude, or quite time.
Romanticism that I am referring to is not really about romantic love, although that is a part of it, and there is a place for it, like in marriage or courtship with the goals of getting married.
I will be talking about romanticism as it relates to marriage in another blog about romanticism in marriage.
Here are 20 Ways Romanticism Can Enhance Your Self-care Routines
1. Learning to express yourself.. Honoring your feelings and trusting your intuition. Listening to the Holy Spirit.
2. Treat yourself to tea and coffee breaks throughout your day. It is a simple treat you reward yourself with for all your hard work.
3 Dance for fun, worship God, show gratitude and honor the Creator. Be thankful everyday for your daily bread, healthy body and warm a bed to sleep in are some of the things to be grateful for.
4. Love nature but don’t worship nature. Get outside and enjoy God’s amazing planet. Go on a nature walk or go hiking. Enjoy the solitude that nature brings.
5. Change your mindset by getting excited and bringing joy into your day. Making beauty out of your everyday mundane task like cooking, cleaning and laundry. Do it like art.
You be the artist that paints the pictures of your own life by embracing each season that you are in. Finding joy and being happy is part of taking care of your mental health.
6. Put passion into what you do. Live a lively life with purpose and intentionality. Give your best to God yourself, family, purpose and home.
7. Showcase your feminity in your dress. Through wearing make-up if this is what you choose to do. Through a soft answer. By being patient. By asking and receiving help and showing up as the best version of yourself.
8. Have class, grace, poise and style. If you don’t know what that is, learn about it. Work on walking tall, be confident and look others in the eyes when you are talking to them. Speaking clearly so others can understand what you’re saying. Learn about different subjects so you can have interesting conversations.
9. Bring back that childlike play, things you did when life was without responsibilities and you just played for hours. You had no worries or stress. Things like painting, coloring, crafting, sewing, riding your bike or whatever it was that brought you joy.
10. Love your personal style and being free to be the individual. You were created to by the almighty God. Stop asking others what do they think. What do you think? What do you like? What do you want?
12. Treat yourself to luxurious massages, facials, pedicure, manicure, grooming your hair, baths and showers.
13. Read rich literature, like poetry and go back to letter writing. I do not read romance novels. I am not a romantic novel reader at all. I am referring to any literature that will up level your life and add value to you.
14 If your husband doesn’t buy you flowers, buy them for yourself. If you can’t afford to buy fresh flowers right now buy some life like artificial ones, It doesn’t matter if they are fresh flowers, as long as they are beautiful.
15 Wear beautiful fashion pieces, and accessories. Like flowers, silks, modest lace, vintage, beautiful pearl necklaces or your favorite jewel stone, mines are emeralds and pearls. What is it that make you feel feminine? Buy it for yourself and wear them all the time.
16. Surrond yourself with wonderful aromas and scents like candles, plug-ins, aromatherapy oils and body sprays, perfume, lotions, shower gels and bath bombs.
17 Exercise, drinking H20, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy.
18. Dress modest. Dress classy. Cover up your enticing parts and still feel beautiful and feminine.
19. Love on yourself by speaking words of affirmations. Saying great things about yourself is love. You have to give it to yourself first, and believe what you are saying, then you will be able to give it to others.
20 Travel to different places and experience the beauty of other cultures. If traveling is not in the horizons for you right now, then study about different cultures or take virtual trip online. Youtube is a great place to find virtual trips.
To get the full benefits of your on-line travels try different recipes from that culture. Maybe go online and see if you can buy a memorabilia from the culture you learned about.
BONUS 21. Spend time laughing and talking with family, friends.
There you have it, 20 Ways Romanticism Can Enhance Your Self-care Routines.
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Until the next post, stay beautiful!