Self Care At This Stage of Life

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Self Care

Today, I read a great post on ModernMrsDarcy.com about self care.  You can check it out here, it’s a great read!

It made me stop and think about the ways that I take to purposefully slow down and take care of myself.  I know that taking care of myself will not only brighten my day but will help with the overall tone I set for the house.

Here’s what self care looks like to me at this stage of life:

Going to Target at night after the kids go to bed and picking up a Chick-fil-a milkshake on the way.  There’s something serene about late night shopping.

Carving out at least ten minutes a day to read….while lying down.  Multi-tasking at it’s best. 🙂

Pulling the kids in a wagon around the block when I need some outdoor time to help clear my head.

Getting rid of old t-shirts and replacing them with real, adult pajamas.  I’m doing this slowly but I’m almost there!

Spending family time outside in the evening blowing bubbles, laying watching the clouds, and making up our own games.  Relaxing family-together time nourishes the soul.

Getting regular haircuts.  Okay, I admit that I’m not very good at this one but I want to do better!

Listening to a podcast while I do mundane chores during the kid’s nap time.

Buying luxurious towels for our bathroom and tossing out the old ones.

Eating three meals a day, no exceptions.  If I’m too busy to eat, I’m too busy.

Enjoying an extended before bed routine – brush, floss, wash, moisturize, lay out clothes for the next day, write out to-do list, etc.

Making a cup of coffee for myself every morning.  Even if I have to reheat it once or twice it’s still a treat.

Going to bed at a decent hour.

Getting up 15 minutes before my family.  I just started this habit two weeks ago and it. has. changed. my. life!  It is SO HARD for me to wake up early but after reading what my blogging friend (friend in my head at least ha!), Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com, wrote encouraging women to make the most of their mornings I decided to give it a try.  I figured if it could work for me, it has to work for anyone!

I bought Crystal’s 14-day course that is designed to help you rebuild the very foundation of your day, and help ignite a new sense of passion and purpose in your lives (all in only 15 minutes a day!).  I can’t tell you what a blessing it has been to me.  If it can make this narcoleptic sacrifice 15 minutes of sleep each morning you know it’s worth it.  I have an energy that lasts all day.  It’s hard to fathom that losing sleep gives me energy but getting a jump start on my day and finding time for myself before anyone else wakes up is priceless.

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Getting back to self care, what are some ways that you care for yourself at the stage of life you’re in?

About Ashley

Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.

Comments

  1. Robin Masshole mommy says:

    You’re lucky that you even get to stop at a Chick-Fil-A for a shake. We don’t have those around here and in so jealous.

  2. haha. I’m always going to CFA by myself just for me time. Yummy food, free wifi and time alone. It’s perfect.

  3. I have been neglecting myself. I love your list and really should start implementing a lot of the ideas. I used to read a lot, but haven’t picked up a book in a couple of weeks. I now plan to pick up my book starting tomorrow.

  4. Sounds like a course I should look into. It’s hard to carve out time for myself at this point as it seems like someone else always needs something.

  5. I try to always take good care of my skin. I always put lotion on my face and body and try to remember to wear sunscreen.

  6. It is so important to care for yourself, I am slowly getting better at it. why is it so hard for moms to care for ourselves?

  7. I woudl like to think that when it comes to taking care of me, Im a pro at it! Also I laughed at your PJ comment…I adore wearing shirts to bed!

  8. I always make sure to make time for myself. I read or just sit and stare at the river and let my thoughts fly. I learned long ago that it’s important to take time for oneself.

  9. Ah, the haircuts! I am horrible about that one, too. I don’t get to shop by myself often, but I would love to do it more.

  10. I am awful about taking time for me during the summer. I make time to get together with friends at least once a month – just to talk with people I love (but don’t live with!)!

  11. I’m typically up before my family. The mornings are my most productive time, so I try to get a running start. I’d still like to improve that time of day, so I’ll have to check out that course you recommended.

  12. I am always reheating my coffee about 5 times before I actually get to finish the cup. But I don’t mind because when I finally do get to drink it, it’s a small slice of bliss for me.

  13. Self care is such an important thing, but not one I am great at. I always try to remember I need to keep myself healthy (and sane) to keep all the other parts of our life and family running smoothly. I can really tell the difference when I take the time!

  14. I love these suggestions and I need to do this more often! I don’t get enough me time at all.

  15. Sometimes I wake up before everyone else in the house (involuntarily). It really is nice to be able to enjoy the quiet of the morning. 🙂

  16. I am trying to take better care of me. I am just so exhausted by the time I have a chance to do anything for myself, all I want to do is take a nap!

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