How important is self-care? When you are a parent, self-care is a requirement.
Did you catch that? A REQUIREMENT! 🙂
Now that the kids are back in school hopefully you have a little more time in your schedule, if not you may just have to carve out the time. If you struggle to find the time, wake up 15 minutes earlier or stay up 15 minutes later, put it in a your calendar just like an appointment, do some self-care over your lunch or while the kids are napping. Self-care does not have to take a lot of time it just has to be something that gives you a break, is done on a regular basis and helps you re-energize.
There are many different types of self-care:
- Physical – moving your body such as going for a walk, a run, dancing, yoga, bike riding or any physical movement you enjoy.
- Emotional – honoring the way you are feeling that day- expressing your feelings in a journal, listening to your favorite music, talking with someone and sharing your thoughts and feelings.
- Spiritual – doing something good for your soul such as making a gratitude list, writing a thank you note, practicing positive self-talk.
- Personal- spending some time doing a hobby you enjoy such as reading, knitting, baking.
- Social – spending quality time with someone such as meeting a friend for coffee, watching a movie and eating popcorn with your spouse after the kids have gone to bed, calling a friend.
- Household – cleaning and organizing a room, closet or even a drawer.
- Pampering- treating yourself by having your nails done, buying a special treat, enjoying a bubble bath or massage.
There are so many ways we can help ourselves feel better and live healthier, less stressful lives. If you are treating yourself with love and kindness, you will respond to your kids and spouse in a kinder more loving manner as well. Self-care is a requirement not an elective. Challenge yourself to start today.
This blog post was written by Sherie Madewell-Buesgens, Post Adopt Coordinator