If you know me, you know that I have a few phrases that I say often – phrases like, “For the love of all things good!” or “I do what I want!” I don’t always actually do what I want, but it’s fun to pretend I do. One of my favorite phrases is “self-care is the best care.” Now those little words are actually a simple truth.
I used to think that self-care meant scheduling a massage at Spa Natur or getting a manicure at Frenchie’s. Let’s face it, as a busy working mom, I don’t always have time for these luxuries. If I wasn’t able to block off enough time or find room in my budget for self-care, it simply didn’t happen. I’d just carry on until I was in burn-out mode.
Do you remember as a kid just KNOWING when it was time to barricade yourself in your room because your mom was on the war path? Yeah, that’s a mom in burn-out mode. That is a woman who’s had too many of her buttons pushed and not enough time recharging her batteries. Bless your heart if you cross paths with a mom in burn-out mode.
Let’s just agree right now that we won’t let ourselves go up in the flames of exhaustion! You do not have to spend money to practice self-care. You don’t even have to block off three hours for a massage. Don’t get me wrong, I still love getting massages and manicures, but now I know how to practice self-care in ways that can be done every single day.
What are these ways? I’m so glad you asked because I was going to tell you anyway (Remember, I do what I want).
Be Silent, Be Still
Silence is a form of self-care. We live in a hyper-connected world of social media, breaking news, texts, FaceTime, Snapchat, and many other ways you keep in touch with everyone. I looked at my iPhone usage the other day, and realized I was spending HOURS of my day looking at social media. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to keep up with the world around you, and you can easily get so caught up that you forget to just keep up with your own life. So take some time every day just to be silent and still. Close your eyes and breathe. Spend the first five minutes of your day just… breathing… or meditate right before bed. However you decide to do it, just remember to enjoy silence in that moment. Trust me, you will feel renewed.
Write it Down
Journaling is something I did as a child. I was never very good at it because routines are not my style. I’m not saying you need to write down everything that happened today, but you are certainly welcome to do that if it helps you unpack the day. I like to keep a notebook around so I can jot things down here and there. Sometimes, taking care of yourself means getting those pesky thoughts out of your head! Take a minute to write down the thoughts that are running around in that awesome brain of yours. Taking care of your mental state is totally self-care, and getting those over-active thoughts off your brain can help bring you some mental peace.
Do That Thing!
A big part of self-care is doing something for yourself that you enjoy. It’s doing something that brings you back to a healthy state of mind and body. Find something that makes you feel good or brings enjoyment to your life. Sometimes, it’s as simple as slowing down long enough to paint your nails or drink a cup of coffee on the back porch before the rest of the house wakes up. Or it could be something as big as booking a ticket to a city you love and going to dinner at a random restaurant. Find something you love and DO IT!
This list could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. Remember: “self-care is the best care.” No one can take care of you better that YOU. So I challenge you to find one thing today that makes you feel beautiful and do it! Take care of yourself, there is only one you and YOU are AMAZING!
Cheers to the journey,