Step Off That Hamster Wheel and Focus on YOU!

Step Off That Hamster Wheel and Focus on YOU!
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Do your days often look like this?

School run. Back home. Clear the kitchen. Throw in laundry. Back to school with forgotten lunch-box. Post office. Dry cleaners. Buy milk. Prep dinner. Back to school. Ferry one to swim club. Take other to playdate…

Dealing with your family’s needs is never ending. But what about you? How do you look after yourself?

You may think you don’t have time, but you need to make time. You need to start taking care of yourself now. When you spend so much time looking after others, refueling your own tank is vital – a mama running on empty is just gonna crash and burn. Then you’re no use to yourself, or to anyone else.

It’ll never feel like the right time to put yourself on the front burner.

But listen up, self care isn’t selfish. It’s non-negotiable. It’s about respecting yourself enough to realise that caring for you is as important as caring for your family.

Drop the guilt. It’s time to put the focus on you.

Self care is about simple everyday pleasures. It doesn’t have to be a weekend spa break. (But if you can swing that one sister then go for it!)

For me it’s having a great cup of coffee in my favourite mug every morning. Fresh flowers and scented candles make me ridiculously happy. I LOVE sitting with a book in the sunshine. I regularly get a pedicure. (As a yoga teacher I’m always looking at my feet and so is everyone else!) Without these simple acts of self care life just feels dry.

It’s so easy to get caught up in life’s never ending to-do’s that we forget – literally – to stop and smell the roses. (They smell gorgeous, remember?)

How can you introduce some simple pleasures or rituals into your life? What makes you feel good, relaxed, serene, indulged?

Here’s some ideas to get you going. Have a candlelit bubble bath. Give yourself a facial. Paint your nails. Journal write. Dance around the kitchen. Bake something. Look at the moon. Snuggle on the sofa. Take yourself for a walk. Indulge in your favourite magazine. Sketch. Knit. Stroke your dog. Your cat. Your partner.

You get the picture.

Now it’s time to make your own list

Write down as many ideas as possible.  Keep going till you run out.

Now pick one you can do today. And do it.

When you care for yourself you have more to give to those you love AND you set a great example to your children. Start embracing your life. Now.

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What small act of self care are you going to bring into your life? How do you show yourself a little love? Please share your daily life savers with us in the comments box below.


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4 Responses to Step Off That Hamster Wheel and Focus on YOU!

  1. Amie says:

    I decided to sign up for a beginning writer’s class. I attended my first class today! It was so much fun sending my 3 kids off to school and then going to my own class. It just gave me a burst of creativity and excitement that I have been looking for! I may never be a published writer but I will enjoy this class 🙂

    • Suzie Shpaizer says:

      Good for you Amie. It’s so important for us busy mamas to invest in ourselves and do things that make our hearts soar. Keep up the great work and good luck with your writing – who knows where it may take you!

  2. Barbara says:

    Going to work is also time for me and focus on me! Well, focus on other things than the children and that can be refreshing and put things more in perspective. After work; family dinner, bathing the kids and story time; enjoy every minute of it. And after those busy working days; I get on my running shoes and work out! So I can get all my thoughts straight en relax. I think being at home all the time isn´t good for anyone; get out and soak up some energy!

    • Loving that you see going to work as me-time Barbara. Totally get what you’re saying about how energising it can be to focus on something other than kids and family stuff – and then you appreciate them all the more when you get home. Sounds like you’ve got a good balance going on there – keep up the good work!

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