Self-care is very important, yet so many days – as a mom and as a business owner – I will put my needs down at the very bottom of my ever-growing to-do list.
Recently, with all this insanity and shifting in schedules, I am striving to take more care of myself on a daily basis. I am starting small, but with a solid foundation to build on. I make sure each day to get up and do my morning routine just like I was going to leave the house. I make sure to get dressed, again like I would leave the house.
Self-care as a mom shouldn’t be an option. You need to build in time for yourself: mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you think about it, it makes sense: Taking care of yourself puts you in a position to be a better mom and wife overall. If you spend all day preparing cute little meals for your kids (or preparing six different meals for pickier older kids) while scarfing junk food in the wee hours as I did sometimes (or worse just skip a meal), you’re going to feel tired, hungry, and foggy the rest of the day into tomorrow. (Trust me – you are worth more than that.)
Which means you’re not going to have the energy for another round of kid damage control and housework. Eventually, you hit a wall. And you shouldn’t let it get that bad. Take it from the OCD Queen with massive anxiety issues.
Am I perfect in following this self-care mantra – no! But do I strive each day to try and do the bare minimum to start a small but simple routine to eventually build on and grow further? Yes.
After lunch or dinner, daily I take 15-20 minutes to sit down and plan out a personal goal or sketch just for fun. A time that is purely me. No pressure to work or be ‘productive’.
What are three small things you are doing each day to stay positive, and possibly even productive, during this time?
Wife to Michael, mama to Abigail and Willaim, photographer, website and branding designer, lover of music, fan-fiction, rainy days, and coffee. I enjoy connecting with other mamas and hearing each other's stories and all the #honestmotherhood moments. As well as sharing my photography and design work, with tips and tricks thrown in. You can learn more about me and my family here. Thanks for stopping by!