One thing I’ve learned on this motherhood journey is that I need to take care of myself. Self-care has become an important piece of the puzzle in keeping me sane. In the early years of mothering, it feels like you’re barely treading water. You’re just trying to keep your little ones alive and answering their endless demands. But, as they get older, it gets so much easier to carve out little pieces of time for yourself.
I used to think that practicing self-care was too difficult.
How could I get a whole day to myself? Was there a way to find time to do all of the things that I wanted to do? I would get overwhelmed at the thought of taking care of myself, which totally defeated the purpose of what I was trying to achieve in the first place.
But, once I realized that I can practice daily self-care rituals by just getting a few moments to myself, it was a game-changer for me!
Sometimes self-care looks like me letting my son play his tablet in the middle of the day so I can shower BEFORE my Husband gets home. Other times, it’s sneaking off that last hour before bedtime and soaking in the tub. Or reading a book. Or, dare I say, taking a 20-minute nap.
Once I came to the realization that self-care doesn’t have to be extensive to be effective, my life was changed. The other day I gave myself a pedicure and I felt like a new person!
Just a few minutes spent on me was all I needed to recharge my mothering batteries and to get back out there with a renewed sense of energy, as well as a much more positive attitude.
I still encourage you to take a day for yourself when you need it! But, don’t forget to take the small moments as well. Your kids will probably thank you because you will be one much happier Mama.