It is so easy to spread ourselves thin. Work, motherhood, and just life, in general, can take so much out of us. Think of yourself as a cup, and each day you pour little bits into all the things that you do. You can not pour from an empty cup. I know it can be so hard, but taking even just a few minutes to refill your cup is crucial. You will be able to be a better mom, friend, employee, and person when you are refilling.
So What is Self Care, anyway?
Self Care looks different for everyone. Each of us has things that make us happy and fill our cups up. A hot bath, trip to see a friend, or walk around the block are all forms of self care. What looks like self-care for one, may not do anything for you. Don’t compare your self-care, with those around. There is no right or wrong way to take care of you.
Easy Ways You Can Practice Self Care
Step Outside – A little sunshine and fresh air can go a long way. Even just a quick walk around the block can do so much good.
Take A Hot Bath – This is the best kind of self-care for me. Warm water can be so soothing and the quiet time is necessary
Exercise – For some, getting blood flowing can be so healing.
Create Something – Paint, Draw, Cook, Craft
Meditate – Quieting your mind off for just 5 minutes is great self-care.
Repeat Affirmations – remind yourself that you are enough and you don’t have to do it all!
Call A Good Friend – it can be so therapeutic to talk to someone you love and trust
Turn Off Your Phone – we do so much on our phones, taking a little break from the world never hurts!
Take A Nap – Whenever you can squeeze one in, I highly recommend it!
Take A Drive – Around the neighborhood, to your favorite park, or to the next town over. Listen to your favorite music, a podcast you love, or just enjoy the quiet.
Make or Order your favorite meal – Something that tastes good is always soothing
Journal – Writing down your feelings, goals, and thoughts can be very therapeutic
Go to therapy – Having a safe place to discuss things that are bothering you, and to celebrate your wins is always a good idea.
Buy a new outfit – They call it retail therapy for a reason!
“Self–care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.” – Parker Palmer