“Self care” is kind of a tricky subject for me. Maybe because it’s such an on-trend concept these days and everybody’s talking about it. It makes me crazy when I see recommendations of “get enough sleep” and “exercise” paraded around as elements of self care. Those things are actually basic necessities of life. They’re non-negotiable. Sleeping, eating, movement, are all things I would drop dead without. To me those things don’t constitute self care. They constitute survival. To me, practicing self care is totally essential but also optional. Here are my recommendations for ways to easily incorporate a little self care into your already jam-packed schedule. Because self care is the sanity saver portion of motherhood. And none of my suggestions involve getting more sleep.
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Self care is essential because you can’t drive on an empty tank. If we don’t find a way to do the things that feed our soul or lift our spirits then we very well may get lost in the struggles of Motherhood.
If our cup is empty, we won’t be able to pour into our families. It’s that simple and that hard.