Self Care 101

Taking care of myself doesn’t mean “me first.” It means ‘me too!”

I’ve been thinking about self care this week. Why is it so dang hard? As women, right in the trenches of motherhood, I often forget to make time for myself. Does anyone else feel this way too? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in kids’ schedules, going to the park, making it to music class, hitting up the grocery store, getting to soccer practice, having dinner ready, and bedtime routines. Where in all of that is a mom supposed to “make time for herself?”

It’s got me thinking…maybe self care isn’t always about scheduling a pedicure, going to the gym for hours, or spending a week away on a fancy vacation. While all of those things are nice…you may find, that just like me, my schedule just doesn’t allow time for any of those things. At least now right now. I have little humans needing me, depending on me, 24 hours a day. Some days, it’s hard to even find 10 minutes to step away and have a quiet moment.

For me, self care has turned into, finding a quiet moment to catch my breath and tell myself “you’ve got this.” It’s sneaking in an occasional workout in the living room while the kids eat their breakfast. It’s getting the kids outside to play, so that I can selfishly  enjoy a few minutes of sunshine. It’s locking myself in the bathroom to take a long hot shower after an exhausting day.

No I never make it to the spa, my nails aren’t professionally done, and we haven’t been on a fancy vacation in years. But taking 10-15 minutes for myself every day is what keeps me going, day after day.

I love the quote, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” In a more recent episode of the Minivan Mamas podcast, they talked about this. (If you haven’t heard of them, look them up! They are the most relatable women ever and always have me laughing). If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, how can we care for others? It’s important to fill our cups first.

You are worth a quiet moment
You are worth the deeper breath
You are worth the time it takes
to slow down, be still, and rest.

What do you do for self care?

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