“Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love”
I am a firm believer in Self Care, but sadly in this day and age it seems like Self Care is often overlooked or looked at as unnecessary. Self Care doesn’t have to mean an extravagant day at the Spa or an expensive vacation, it can mean taking yourself out for coffee, watching a favorite movie, eating healthy,drinking enough water, dancing in your kitchen instead of cleaning or even something as simple as speaking kinder to yourself.
For a very long time I didn’t practice self-care I practiced care taking and it lead to exhaustion, resentment, tears, anger, frustration and anxiety which didn’t make me very much fun to be around and that is when I realized something needed to change…I needed to change. I took a step back and decided I needed to learn how to practice not only self-care but self-love because to me those two very important things go hand in hand. One of the biggest things I did was stop beating myself up for not getting every little thing on my silly to do list done. I stopped the record in my head that just kept playing my faults or mistakes. I stopped comparing myself to everyone. I started just focusing on making Cathie healthy inside and out and I left the word “perfection” out of it. I wish I could tell you I get it right everyday but I don’t and in fact there are some days I am just a hot mess and coffee is my spirit animal – the only difference now is I can laugh at myself and still love myself thru those days.
Self-care applies to everyone, not just parents. It is vital we all take care of ourselves because in taking of ourselves we take care of each other and the world around us. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but like a good mom I have list👍. Below is a list of some self-care ideas and like I tell Clinton, get creative find something that works for you.
- Positive affirmations
- Breathe deeply
- Watch positive Ted Talks YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDtalksDirector
- Walk in nature
- Buy yourself flowers
- Hug someone
- Watch the sunrise
- Stretch your body https://romwod.com/ (my favorite)
- Stop comparing yourself to others
- Take a warm bath
- Start a gratitude journal
- Unplug by a certain hour everyday
And in case no one told you today: You are strong, smart and capable of anything. 😉