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.