I had so much fun doing the #mealplanningmama challenge in January that I'm hosting another one in February!
This Valentine month is all about love, right? We all love our families, even when it's tough. Even when we have to dig deep in the moment. Even when we feel like we're drawing from an empty well.
But what about ourselves?
It's hard enough before having kids. Women are told not to be selfish, to take care of other people, to put others' needs ahead of our own.
And part of having small children often means putting their immediate needs (which they cannot fulfill themselves) first.
The downside is that when we spend all of our time taking care of other people, we run out of energy to take care of ourselves. With all the work we do caring for others, it seems reasonable that someone else would step up to take care of us.
But they won't.
This is where self-care comes in.
- When I notice I'm resentful or bitter, I know -- I need some self-care.
- When I blame my husband for my grumpiness or can't make decisions because I'm out of brain cells, I need some self-care.
- When I'm having trouble handling my toddler because I'm having trouble handling myself... you guessed it. Self-care time.
Sometimes we over complicate, though, and think self-care needs to mean a spa weekend, a massage, or some retail therapy. There's nothing wrong with those things, but sometimes they seem out of reach and we tell ourselves we don't have time/money/resources for that kind of thing. And we might not!
Self-care can be as simple as listening to the music YOU like while you cook dinner. It can be a hot shower or bath. It can be working out, a yoga class or quick routine at home, or even a simple walk.
What can you think of that recharges you and makes you feel more "you?"
Join me on Instagram to stay accountable and get more ideas this whole month.
We'll start small and work our way into making sure we feel more loved so we can be more loving to those around us. I'll check in each week with the hashtag #selfcaresunday and prompts to get you going. Answer in the comments, or post your own photo on your account to show what you're up to.
Stretch yourself! (Maybe literally AND figuratively.)
And hey, I wouldn't turn down a massage, either.
I can't wait to see what happens. CLICK HERE to follow me on Instagram and check there on Sundays!