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.
Every 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.