That phrase has been foreign to me for a long time. So foreign, I was not sure if I should spell it as one word or two words.
When I searched for the definition this is what came up: the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.
Yikes! Now that is a hard pill to swallow. I am not too sure if I have taken an active role in my happiness in a long time. I have worked out a little, maybe gotten a pedicure, but I did not feel like I protected my “own well-being”.
This needs to change.
In my life and yours. Maybe you are a Mom, Dad, FurKid Dad or Mom, Single, or whatever. We all still really need self-care.
I am going to focus on self-care for Moms, but if you are not a Mom, please still keep reading. I went to share a post on Instagram the other day and wanted to use a hashtag. I was going to use the #momsdoselfcare. I first searched to see how many other people used that hashtag. Only one. Only one person used it before me and that was for some MLM post- a sales pitch!
I was speechless.
I want there to be thousands of beautiful posts linked to the #momsdoselfcare . I want to have Moms all over the world choose to take at least ten minutes of their day for themselves. Often times we are rushing around, feeding babies, cooking, working, cleaning, washing clothes, driving them around and other very important things. Let us find one thing to do for ourselves.
How would our relationship with ourselves look like if we actually spent time on ourselves? Would we love ourselves more? Have more peace? Have more patience with our kids or partner? Listen better to our souls? I can only imagine the personal growth that can and will take place.
Now, how would our relationship with our kids look if we took a ten-minute “mommy time” break? Could it really be possible that we may be able to be more focused, energized, caring, patient and productive?
Let us set an example for our kids that we should invest in ourselves, daily. We are a limited edition, the only copy made. Let us show our kids that!
Moms, please be sure allow your partner to help and encourage you to get some self-care. They can watch the baby, go grocery shopping, do some laundry and cook. It doesn’t have to be all on your shoulders. Try to focus on the time you are spending on yourself and not be critical if the outcome is not how you would of done it. It got done, you got some #momsdoselfcare time. Move on, be thankful, repeat.
Here are some low cost or no cost ideas for self-care. Please reach out to me if you have other ideas too. I am always looking for new ideas and will add them to the list.
Listen to an Audiobook.
Did you know that you can download apps linked to your local library and listen for free? Check out Hoopla and see if your local library participates.
It can be as intense or light as you need it to be. Remember, your workout is probably more than most people did today.
Borrow a book, read a magazine, read a spiritual book. Try to read something NOT on your phone.
Go for a walk.
Never underestimate the power of just getting some fresh air
Won’t lie, this is definitely one of the things that I love to be able to when we have room in the budget for it. I love just having that time to be by myself, read and be a little pampered. (if you need to keep it really low-cost, do it at home with a friend)
Get a coffee
Just going out to grab a coffee (or your other favorite beverage) without the kiddos can be so rejuvenating. Often times, getting your coffee is one of those “necessities”- but it can do wonders to just stop and get away for a few minutes and actually sit and enjoy your cup of coffee.
Declutter something in your home
This one may not be for everyone, but sometimes it can be so refreshing just to clear out the old junk and start fresh.