Confession time: Although I have reveled in creating a healthier home–whether it be through eating real food, using natural remedies or homemade cleaners—over the past six years, one thing I have failed at miserably is self-care.
Oh, it didn’t used to be so bad. When we were newlyweds, I worked as a itinerant ESL teacher. I literally walked all day long from classroom to classroom in several different schools.
Then, I would come home and pop in an exercise video to work out before cooking dinner.
I’ve always been a night-owl, but it was OK back then–because I could sleep the day away on Saturdays if I wanted to…or take a nap after work.
I was still in my 20’s when my first child was born, and let’s be honest: I bounced right back. I was back in my “skinny” clothes two weeks later, and after the initial postpartum period was over, it wasn’t all that challenging to get adequate rest.
Sometime between babies #2 and #3, I stopped taking care of myself.
Exercise decreased. I continued going to bed super late despite the fact that naps for mommy are no longer an option. And I even stopped taking my usual daily supplements, like fish oil and probiotics.
By spring 2013, my chiropractor (and later my integrative physician) diagnosed me with adrenal fatigue.
I was spent.
Years of not taking care of myself began to catch up with me, and I could see my health starting to spiral out of control.
I’ve learned that in order to carve out the time I need to take care of myself, I need to create some margin in my life–and that comes by drawing some lines around what all I allow to eat away at my time.
It means that I must intentionally make time for self-care–exercise, sleep, supplements, eating well.
At one point in my life I looked at self-care as being selfish. But you know what? I don’t anymore. If I don’t take care of myself, I won’t be strong enough to care for my family.
I am excited to join a group of other bloggers over the next month who will be embracing self-care along with me! Each Wednesday, we will be posting on a different facet of self-care! We will also include a link-up, where you can join in with your self-care posts!
The Embracing Self-Care line-up is simple:
Wednesday, April 2: Know Thyself
On this week, we’ll be assessing our needs and our personalities and getting a handle on what kind of self-care needs to happen in our lives.
Wednesday, April 9: Health & Spirituality
This one is pretty self-explanatory! How does our spiritual health impact our overall health? What am I doing to grow spiritually?
Wednesday, April 16: Peace in the Home
This can encompass home decor, fashion, organizing and decluttering, schedule and routine, etc. Whatever needs to happen in your life in order to restore peace and equilibrium will be represented during this week!
Wednesday, April 23: Taking Some R&R
This week we’ll dive into taking time to pamper ourselves, time to fully relax, putting aside the to-do list, etc. We will recognize that we need to find healthy ways of treating ourselves so that we aren’t tempted to bad habits that ultimately harm us (i.e. emotional eating of sugar, etc.)
Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers in this community project are doing to embrace self-care this month as well:
Be sure to follow our Pinterest board where we will be pinning posts to encourage and motivate you all month long (and beyond).
How do you practice self-care?
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