Can anyone reading this relate to the following statement: I don’t make self-care a top priority.
I hate to use motherhood as an excuse, but I used to be real good at self care. Bi-weekly mani/pedis, weekends away, fancy dinner dates; you name it, I was on it. Now, things are slightly different and I sometimes make mistake of letting self-care fall to the bottom/off, my priority list.
A few months ago, I had gone way, way, waaay too long without making time for myself (and it resulted in a stress/anxiety induced migraine) so I promised myself I’d do better. Because I’m Type A and I totally believe I’m not the only one who sucks at making time for herself, I decided to make a list of things that I can do to take care of myself and avoid running on empty (and essentially making me useless to everyone who depends on me.)
Once a month, I get together with three of my closest friends from college and we drink wine. Usually, we rotate between our houses, but sometimes we class it up and go out out. This is my surefire self-care technique because even if leading up to it I think I’m just so tired and want to go to bed, after just a few hours with my friends laughing and chatting, I end up feeling happier and more energized than I would have if I had gone to bed and slept for 12 hours.
Yes, girlfriend time is the creme de la creme of self-care for me, but sometimes the best thing I can do for myself during the few hours between Jack’s bedtime and mine is to sit on the couch and watch TV. During that time, no one needs anything from me, I don’t need to entertain anyone, and I don’t have to think. I can eat dessert and watch Big Love and not worry ’bout a thing.
It’s very rare that I get to go out for a spa day, so I’ve been trying to bring spa-like treats to me. It can be little things like lavender essential oils on my pillow before I go to bed or buying myself flowers. Or it can be things like investing in my ‘beauty’ routine. One of my favorite “treats” is my Foxbrim Rosehip Seed Oil. I’d done a lot of reading about Rosehip Seed Oil before actually biting the bullet (and even stumbled across Foxbrim’s super helpful healthy/natural living blog during that process), and I have to say, my only complaint is that I waited so long to drink the koolaid. The Rosehip Seed Oil has replaced my daily moisturizer, has helped reduce my hyperpigmentation marks, and I won’t lie – it feels super fancy. (If you’re afraid of putting oils on your face, talk to me!) Also – Foxbrim is hosting a fantastic giveaway, so don’t miss the details at the end of the post!
Put your pitchforks away, I simply mean you need to leave your house (and everyone in it) from time to time. This past weekend, I went home for a bridal shower and stayed overnight. Not only was the family time great, but not being on full-blown mom duty for 24 hours was crucial. I rarely leave overnight, but I highly recommend it. It’s totally different than sending the baby to the grandparents for the night, because when that happens, I just do dishes and laundry and clean things. But when you leave, none of that is an option (and if you have an awesome husband like I do, all those chores are done for you when you get home.)
It really doesn’t matter what self-care looks like to you, all that matters is that you’re actually making time for it!
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