Why is it important to have self care?
For me it’s for just a little bit of finding who I used to be and who I am becoming. It is also giving me a break of my every day reality of being stay at home mom who deals with a few health issues and depression.
Self care doesn’t have to be expensive. Self care can be anything that makes you feel good about yourself.
Last night I spent a little time on me. Rare moment, let me tell you! I started off by giving myself a calming facial mask by Yes Too!, I plucked my eyebrows, took a really hot shower and even shaved my legs with my new Flamingo razor (past the knee too!). I followed that by putting lotion on every inch I could reach, tried out the Flawless facial hair remover again (not sure I love it, don’t hate it) and followed all that up with flossing, brushing and whitening my teeth.
While that was all done within an hour of putting my little girls to bed, it was really important to me to take time for the things I don’t have time for on a regular basis. I need to feel human too and clean. Somedays I don’t shower, I don’t always floss and I feel I’m really aging. It’s nice to take a few minutes to me. Most days run into one another and I can’t even tell you what day it is. Being a stay at home mom is an absolute amazing part of my life and yet it can also be the most draining, tiring and emotional part of my life too.
While this post isn’t about depression, postpartum depression or figuring out who the fuck I am at 34, it is about taking care of oneself. Because NOT caring for you can really take a toll as a full time caregiver, parent, workaholic or really anyone.
Once a week, I also take time to read to myself a book that doesn’t involve a rhyme or cartoon character. That to me is self care too, because I’m taking time for myself to read about something I’m interested. To turn my brain off from my anxiety and constant mom mode. Reading is a great opportunity to escape your madness. I’m currently reading two books, one for my mental health and one for my spiritual health.
Self care can be defined with exercise too! I do that most days and the days I don’t, I immediately ducking regret it. I recently took nearly 2 weeks off from jogging and it’s caught up with me this week, I feel sluggish, tired and just overall blah. So I’ve made an effort to care for myself everyday this week, because I need to workout to feel my best.
My body craves it when I don’t jog or even walk more than a mile. I’m not a body builder, I don’t do Zumba, I just like my feet hitting the pavement one way or another. That feels good to me. While I try to dabble in yoga, stretching is also a great self care exercise, I also work on keeping my strength up on my arms and hands with stretch bands. I’m so worried I will end up with more health issues related to my herniated disc and spinal stenosis in my neck if I don’t.
I can be very selfish with my exercise time that I consider self care though, I prefer to do that one kid free! So selfish that’s why I took 2 weeks off, because I didn’t want to screw up my shoulder pushing the jogger stroller with them. Next time we will just try it!
Self care doesn’t need to be expensive, it doesn’t need to be stressful but it does need to be done. Fall in love with who you are and heal yourself with some care.
Do you treat yo’self with self care routines? How do you do self care? 👇 Drop me a comment, explain yourself, give me tips.