We all KNOW we need more self-care. "Put on your own oxygen mask first!"
Cool. Where is my oxygen mask anyway? I think my kids hid it along with the floor of my living room. Sounds great, though.
Many parents that I work with as coaching clients, or in my online group, say that the phrase self-care actually stresses them out, because it's just another way the feel they're failing, and adds one more item on their never-ending to-do list.
But often we're thinking of self-care in terms of big commitments of time, money, childcare, or all three. That doesn't have to be the case. So what are some ways to fit in self-care activities that improve your wellbeing?
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We all know that self-care is incredibly important for care-givers, especially parents. But if you're like most of my clients, knowing that and implementing that are two totally different things.
Did a big chunk of free time and a sack of cash fall in your lap lately? Mine either.
But I want you to know that you don't need a lot of time OR money to fit self-care into your daily life - even with small children jumping on you all day.
First off, let's redefine self-care - what it IS, and what it is NOT.
Self-care is NOT an optional luxury.
Self-care is anything you deliberately do that improves your physical, mental, or emotional well-being.
We also tend to think of self-care as solitary activities ("me time") away from home. Especially right now, that may not be an option, and then we feel trapped and resentful.
Just me? No?
For introverts or highly-sensitive people, that may be part of it. But there are 6 categories of self-care that are all important, so let's break those down now.
6 Types of Self-Care