Years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom with young children. Those years were filled with joy, wonder and gratitude... but let's be honest, sometimes despair and frustration.
Motherhood demanded that I give, give and GIVE of myself. While I believe giving of ourselves is a huge part of parenting, sometimes it gets to a point of unhealth.
I remember someone telling me how they would "engage in Self-care" and when I first heard that it sounded so.... well, SELFISH! I was a busy mom, doing my very best to care for my husband, children and homestead. I was MUCH too busy to think about myself! Every waking moment was spent meeting the needs of everyone else.
Well, as you can predict, this way of living left me STRESSED, EXHAUSTED and OVERWHELMED.
Oh? Does that sound familiar? Are you feeling that way right now? Well, I've got good news. I've been in your shoes and I can help.
WHY WE NEED TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE
It's all about Self-care, friends. My goal is to prove that Self-care is NOT selfish...in fact, it just might be the key to help you truly love, serve and care for your family with a positive attitude.
My Self-care "aha!" moment came when our family was sitting on an airplane, waiting for take-off. As I listened to the Flight Attendant drone on about putting your OWN oxygen mask on BEFORE helping others, the light bulb went off.
"If I don't care for myself, I can't care for others."
I realized I HAD to take care of my own needs before I could take care of anyone else. Suddenly, Self-care no longer seemed selfish - it became essential!
Another way to see it is to think of yourself as a vessel or cup. How can you be expected to pour anything out unless you are filled up first? It's just not possible!
If we want to be our best selves and be able to care for our loved ones, we MUST show love to ourselves first... so that our "cup is filled" and our oxygen mask is firmly in place.
A FREE PRINTABLE SELF-CARE GUIDE
Over the years, I discovered a few key Self-care secrets that helped me thrive even during times of stress and exhaustion.
At times, I "fall off the wagon" and wonder why I feel so angry and worn out all the time...and inevitability I discover it's because I've been neglecting Self-care. I bet you know exactly what I'm talking about!
When you click on the link below, you will be able to download and print my Self-Care Guide. I've created a few Worksheets and an Action Plan to help you create your own Self-care solutions.
These are strategies I have used for years. They are incredibly simple, yet powerful. Best of all, they are not time consuming (because, let's face it, we're all short on time!).
You'll be amazed that just a few minutes a day can make such a huge difference.
The graphic below is just a quick summary of the Self-care Solutions.
Be sure to download the full free guide and fill out the Worksheets and Action Plan.
I promise it won't take long - it's definitely a project that can be accomplished during nap time or a morning/evening quiet time.
When you are done filling out the Worksheets, please share your Action Plan in the comments below. Your ideas will help inspire others!
Need help? Feeling stuck? Just send me a quick message at email@example.com I'd love to chat!