Self-Care is defined as the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health; or the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Self-Care for Mommas isn’t just about a girls night and a mani-pedi here and there. Sure, those things are great, but self-care is really taking preventative measures to keep yourself at your best (which is how, as Mommas, we need to be, 24/7, right?). It’s taking a little bit(or a lot if you can!) of time, each and every day, for yourself, to rejuvenate the emotional, physical, spiritual you – and here are a few ideas to get you started:
- First off, if you need to, hire a babysitter. No questions asked.
- Take a hot bath or shower.
- Pick out a book from the store you want to read and actually read a chapter two in it, the day you buy it. And every day thereafter until you finish the book.
- Cuddle with a fuzzy blanket. Maybe even take nap.
- Start a daily gratitude journal. Keep writing in it every. single. day.
- Take a walk. Exercise.
With this in mind, personally, I’ve decided that I need to take better care of myself. As the leader of my tribe, I’m responsible for making sure my family is loved, fed, cared for, and has everything they need to be successful in the world. From waking my kids up in the morning and helping them pick out clothes to wear that is weather appropriate (and looks decent together), to kissing my hubby goodnight at the end of the day, every minute of every day is under my purvue. And I’m perfectly okay with that!
In the past few months, I devoted more time to writing. That was the first step. It’s like a decompression for me, a way to let off some of the steam of the day, to write about it. I’ve journaled, handwritten letters to friends, and of course, blogged. Now I’m stepping it up and committing to exercising more on a regular schedule and joined a group that will keep me to my word! In this group, we are also reading Girl, Wash Your Face, which is a quick easy read, so we are going at a chapter a day.
I hope to keep you guys updated as to my progress in my self-care and all the fun things I plan on doing to keep myself as well as I can be for my family!