This week, I learned an important lesson about self-care.
I’m going to be totally honest here. A post this week almost didn’t happen. I had the best of intentions, but as you know, it’s Christmas week. My kids are home from school, I’m wrapping the last of the gifts and making plans for this weekend, cleaning, baking, and grocery shopping. On top of all of that, at the end of last week, I came down with the cold to end all colds. I was in bed for days.
Can you imagine why? Everyone else in my family had the same cold. It was “just a cold.” The difference is that I am Mom. I am the PTO volunteer, homeroom mom, household chef, maid, boo-boo fixer, chauffeur, event coordinator, and household financial advisor. Plus, I run two businesses from home. I wasn’t practicing self-care at all.
This week, I’m feeling better, but I now have my kids at home wanting entertainment and holiday excitement. Still, I learned my lesson and I’m striving for balance. I know that if I forget to take care of myself, everything else will fall apart.
You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup…
That’s the saying, isn’t it? It’s not selfish to practice self-care.
This morning, instead of waking up and pouring myself into blog work and emails, I decided to wake up slowly and enjoy my morning for the first time in months.
I did yoga again (Oh, how I miss it!), diffused my favorite morning essential oil blend (Bergamot and Orange, great for grounding), and drank a cup of hot coffee by the light of my Christmas tree and the sunrise.You can't pour from an empty cup. Find 50 ideas for self-care here! #selfcare #treatyoself Click To Tweet
You don’t even remember how rejuvenating these actions can be until you stop for awhile and then pick them back up. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I almost didn’t blog this week. I was just too overwhelmed with all of my other obligations and had decided to pick up with new posts in January when my kids went back to school. After my morning, though, I felt inspired. So, I sat down and started writing, and here we are.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Whether you are a work-at-home mom like me, or just someone struggling to maintain balance in the midst of overwhelming obligations, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Be selfish every now and then so that you can refill your own cup.
Ideas for Self-Care
- Go for a walk
- Enjoy some quiet time
- Drink a cup of coffee or tea
- Take a hot bubble bath
- Read a new (or favorite) book
- Sleep in
- Get some retail therapy
- Go out with friends
- Have a date night with your significant other
- Add some cucumber to your water
- Get a massage
- Write in a journal
- Turn off your phone
- Watch your favorite TV show
- Take a nap
- Listen to music
- Give yourself a mani/pedi
- Take your vitamins
- Doodle or color in an adult coloring book
- Eat a healthy snack
- Write your to-do list
- Say “no” to something that doesn’t suit your needs
- Play a game
- Diffuse essential oils
- Eat a piece of dark chocolate to lift your mood
- Enjoy a glass of your favorite wine
- Work in the garden
- Spend time with your pets
- Practice yoga
- Order your favorite take-out dinner
- Have a declutter session
- Rearrange a room
- Make your bed
- Do something creative
- Give yourself a facial
- Start a new hobby
- Take a trip to the beach (not everyone can, unfortunately)
- Call someone you love
- Be a couch potato
- Eat some greens
- Get a hug from someone you love
- Take a day trip
- Pamper yourself
- Dance it out
- Cook your favorite meal
- Give yourself permission to slow down
- Wake up early for alone time
- Take a personal day
What about you?
What’s your favorite way to take care of yourself? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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