Have you heard of Self Care? I had never heard of it before until a few years ago when our Family went through a crisis and my world came to a crashing halt. That's when I first heard about Self Care. I learned that it's true what the flight attendant always tells you at the beginning of your flight. If you don't put the oxygen max on yourself first you wont be able to help your traveling partner beside you that's gasping for breath.
single day I make a point to practice Self Care. I have this bag I put
together filled with lotions, a candle, nail polishes, books, journals,
pens, candies, cards with affirmations on them, pictures of Family and I
have a list of things to do for myself. On that list I have
meditation, walking, art, writing, facials, hair masks, soak my feet,
read, watch a movie alone with Pop Corn, 5-10 minutes of intentional
deep breathing, take a bath with essential oils, make up a scrub or oil
combination, make a cup of tea or coffee and drink it outside. There
are so many things that you can add to your special list. I usually
take one to two times out of my day to do one of the things mentioned
above. Some days it may be just lighting a candle, clicking on Pandora
and enjoying my morning shower. Or drinking my tea outside while deep
breathing....the point is to take time for yourself and stop putting
everyone's needs before your own.
As Parents that can be hard,
my youngest has Autism. But, I know if I'm not right with myself, I'm
not going to be able to be there mentally and emotionally. Take some
time for yourself this next week and watch the difference it makes.