The Importance of Self Care
I am finishing up my series on things that are important to me today! In July I will be starting something new on Fridays!
I wanted to end with one of my favorite topics today. You are hearing about self care EVERYWHERE! I have listened to several podcasts on the subject, and even one of my favorite books, Breathe Mama Breathe touches on it. I love that it has multiple meanings. It is definitely a “you do you” thing.
I consider self care anything that fills you up! Whether it is a day of shopping alone, or just a few minutes dancing to your favorite song. A few evenings ago, my self care was closing the door to my bedroom while B made dinner, having a glass of Rose` and folding laundry. I just needed a few minutes of quiet time to myself. I didn’t need to spend a bunch of money or even leave my house!
I used to be terrible at figuring out when I needed a moment of self- care until it was too late and I needed a good three days of self-care to be refueled. Bryan actually notices before I do, oftentimes. Now with Bryan traveling so much, I make sure I take at least 5 minutes to have a quiet moment or do my nails, or something to fill back up since I am caring for the boys by myself. And when Bryan comes home, that is when the big self-care happens: pedicures, a night away at a hotel, going to bed early and sleeping in.
That’s the thing- as mothers, wives, and with work, we are constantly giving of ourselves. It is of great importance to make sure you are getting filled back up. I will list my very favorite ways to make sure I am taking care of me as well.
Worship music, a coffee and a drive
A cup of tea, a good book and quiet
Shopping or a pedicure
Going to bed super early
At home manicures
Getting my hair done
Those are a few of my very favorite ways to get my self- care. And sometimes, just a hug from my husband is enough to fill me back up.
I encourage you to find your own way to be filled, even if it is just 5 minutes a day!