How Do You Self Care?

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Self care has become somewhat of a trendy movement. Truthfully, I saw it as something I couldn’t buy into as a mom of littles. How in the world am I supposed to get a mani and pedi on a consistent basis? Or take baths several times a week? Facials. Massages. ALL THE THINGS! Don’t feel bad if those are things you make time for, I just have a hard time figuring out how to make them work for me (both financially and within our family’s schedule). What I need are little things I can do easily and on a consistent basis that make me feel like I have time to think about myself.

I asked my friends to help me make a simple list that cost little to nothing at all, yet allow you to take care of yourself when it seems too hard. It has helped me tremendously!

Have a strict kid bedtime (and wake up time!)

  • Get those kids to bed and take time for yourself. Also, invest in an “Okay to Wake” clock and don’t let those kiddos get out of their room until a set time.

Wake up early (even if it’s just 5 minutes)

  • I get it. Sometimes this is hard. I wasn’t able to swing this when my kids were waking multiple times a night. However, when I wake before my kids and have my coffee when it’s nice a hot it is amazing. I also love starting my day with a devotional, prayer, and writing out my daily list.

Listen to podcasts

  • It’s taken me a long while, but I’m so into it. I listen whenever I can and I feel like it’s a little treat every time!

Bath

  • I’ve made it my goal to take one bath a week. I try to take it while my husband puts our two oldest kiddos to bed so that we have time together when he’s done.

Self Care Cards

  • This is not something I’ve put to use yet, but it seems like something that would be super helpful. I struggle with anxiety, and this would be great for extra anxious moments.

Buy Myself Flowers/Chocolates

  • I’m pretty simple, but I do love splurging every once in awhile on a little bouquet (most of the time from Trader Joe’s). Also, chocolate. Always chocolate.

Exercise

  • So many of my friends shout this from the rooftops. YOGA! BARRE! HOME WORKOUTS! I’m still working on it, but I know it’s a super important piece to the puzzle.

Listening to my body 

  • This has been huge for me. Listen when my body needs to use the restroom (no I shouldn’t wait until after I get the play doh out for my kids). Listen when I’m hungry. Listen when I want a “treat.” 

Acknowledging my Feelings

  • I’m Queen of dismissing my own feelings because they’re “too much work” or could cause any sort of discord with others. I feel SO much better when I acknowledge my feelings, make them known, and then allow myself to move on. 

Writing Lists with a Fun Pen

  • This could be anything. What brings you joy? Pens? A fun serving dish? A fancy cup? All super fun!

I have made self care out to be this huge commitment, but what I’ve found is that it’s more of a consistent intent to acknowledge myself (which is super important when you’re a mom, amiright?!). At first I thought I was being selfish for taking time for me, but what I’ve realized is that when I take extra time for “self care,” I’m actually a much better mom and wife. 

What do you do for self care?

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I am a fourth generation Phoenix native and absolutely love it. My husband is the Community Life pastor at our church and I am so proud to be his. I have three kiddos...5 year old Knox, 3 year old Silas, and 8 month old Amelie. I taught 4th and 5th grade for four years, but realized my true dream was being home with my babies. Getting messy, going to the zoo, playing in the mud, and making slime are just a few of our favorite things to do together. We have 2 dogs, a cat, and 11 chickens, because, apparently, I felt like we needed a zoo at our house (and I'm desperately in love with animals). I love to do crafts, organize, and make memories with my family. Introverted, a number 9 on the Enneagram, and total coffee fanatic, you can also find me binging crime documentaries on Netflix (once my kiddos are in bed).

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