Self care is something we all need. Some need it more than others but we should all take some time to take care of only yourself. I don’t know about you but I lead a crazy hectic life. With an almost two year old who I swear never stops running, I have my hands full. I swear she runs everywhere and is so curious! I also work full time so when I get off, my second job as a mom kicks in. When she is finally in bed I look around and I see the aftermath of the days activities. Let me just tell you, it is not pretty. So I fight the urge to sleep and I clean up. Once I finish I get ready for bed and then pass out.
This endless cycle of working hard and forgetting about myself is harmful. When we do not take care of ourselves we end up exhausted, irritable, and it is difficult for us to be truly content.
Sound familiar? If you are a mom, whether you work or not, you should practice self care. If you find yourself never doing one thing for yourself everyday, you need to practice self care. This does not mean that you are selfish, it does not mean that you still can’t help others. All it means is that in order to be 100% present everyday, you need to take care of yourself. Self care promotes a healthy overall wellness as it effects the mind, body, and spirit.
I have compiled a list of ways you can practice self care. Some are simple and can be done in minutes and others require a couple hours or more.
- Read a book
- Do a face mask
- Go for a walk
- Watch your favorite show
- Talk to a friend
- Take a bath
- Diffuse your favorite scents
- Go hiking
- Recite positive affirmations
- Set a goal
- Make a healthy change
- Start a gratitude list
- Eat your favorite dessert
- Do a digital detox for 2 hours or more
- Sit outside and enjoy the silence
- Do a well being check
- Do something you have always wanted
I could go on and on, there are so many ways to practice self care. There is not a right or wrong way either! Do whatever makes you feel relaxed and at peace.
So why this list? Why does this help me take time for myself? Taking care of your self can be physical, mental, or emotional. Lately, my favorite self care method is journaling. I actually mean taking paper and a pen and writing down how I am feeling or what happened that day. Writing is something we all have moved away from but it truly does help clear your head.
My second go to is diffusing my favorite scents. With fall just around the corner and it still being 80 outside, I need as much fall as I can. So my house currently smells like a fall bomb went off. If you need your house to smell this way click here
When I need a mood boost I tend to diffuse stress away with lavender, or a mix of lemon and peppermint. These make the room smell bright and cheery. I feel energized and ready to take on the day when these scents are diffusing. To check out my list of diffuser recipes by subscribing below!
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