I didn’t know how much I needed self-care until I fell out of a routine.
I was sitting in my room rocking my daughter to sleep.
For the past few months, she’s been having a hard time sleeping. It’s been rough putting her down for naps and for bed due to her digestive issues, etc.
So, while I was rocking her, I was looking at the time and thinking how BADLY I needed peace and quiet. I was getting annoyed and wanted her to just fall asleep so I could have that time. And, that’s when I started to question why I was so stressed.
I was stressed because we’ve been on vacation for the past few days and so, I haven’t had ANY time for myself.
Has this happened to you too?
Do you feel like you take time for self-care? It doesn’t have to be about getting your nails done or anything fancy like everyone thinks! It can be as simple as drinking your coffee in peace. It can be about eating your favorite food. It can be about writing or reading.
Self-care is all about nourishing your mind, body & spirit. It’s about dedicating time for YOU.
That could mean doing 1 thing every day during your child’s naptime that brings you joy. Or, planning a date night with yourself or your significant other. If you find yourself feeling less stressed and refreshed afterward, that means it was a success!
But, most of us are NOT thinking about self-care. We are too busy. We are all too busy to carve out time. We are always on the go and thinking about our next project. We are too afraid to sit with ourselves and think. We don’t want to be alone because that means releasing our feelings and we are too scared to do that.
It’s healthy though!
Why don’t you think taking time for yourself matters?
Why don’t you feel as though you deserve it?
We are all stuck. We are either in a dead-end job suffering in silence or just barely getting by. Trust me, there’s more out there for you. You are worth so much more than you think.
It’s just mind-boggling that when I ask people if they take time for themselves most of them say NO. I get that if you’re a single parent, there really is no break, but if you have family or friends, why not ask them to watch your kiddos for a bit while you go out? It doesn’t have to cost you money, so please don’t use that as an excuse!
You could use that time to: take a nap, go for a run, go for a walk, go for a hike.
The possibilities are endless!
If you are ready to figure out how to love yourself and a self-care routine, I’m your gal!