Recently I have been doing a lot of thinking about self care and the accountability that goes along with it. Being a SAHM it would be just too easy to put myself on the back burner, forget all of my goals and passions in life and fade away into the shadows. Luckily for me, that is just not who I am!! Making several huge changes in my life has come at a cost. Not really in a bad way, but because I am SUCH a planner, organizer & prepper, that turning my life upside down meant most of the planning and organization I was used to was thrown right out the window. I am still trying to figure out new ways of being organized in order to keep my sanity, but I am getting there!
My husband recently told me that he wishes he could know “why I am stressed staying home?“…. So I rattled off a list of all the questions that I ask myself and things that I try to keep organized and well tended to on a daily basis. After about 30 he looked more stressed than I am…He doesn’t ask me questions anymore (totally joking). As I was going through the list I realized that whether subconsciously or not, my self care activities were at the end, and it got me thinking about ways that I could help myself reduce my stress by taking care of myself — novel thought right??
I decided to make it a priority to take care of myself. This is not being selfish. I think that sometimes it is easy for me to neglect doing things to better myself in order to take care of everyone and everything else around me. However, I am finally ready to really start taking care of myself.. I am going to do the following things FOR ME. Me myself and I. They relax me, and or bring me joy. After stressful days at home, it is not selfish to engage in relaxing or joyful activities. I know that even though these things may seem trivial to some, they will help me be a better mother, wife and friend. I am holding myself accountable by sharing them here and with friends who will motivate me if I need it!
- I am going to complete a 5k. This fall. I am not really a runner, but I have recently started running after the kids go to bed and it has come to be a huge stress reliever for me.
- I am going to finish crocheting a blanket for my Bubsie girl before winter. I started it about a month ago and I really want to make sure I finish it. I love crocheting, but I don’t usually make blankets because I am impatient! Pictures to follow when (not if) I complete it!
- I am going to take part in a post-Labor day 5-Day Water Detox Challenge that my friend is putting on. I definitely feel better when I drink more water, and this is the perfect opportunity to reset and hydrate.
- I have also recently launched an Usborne Books & More gig and I am determined to make it a successful venture. We adore books in our house and I truly feel like reading and literacy provides an enormous amount of education, imagination, and passion in children. Not to mention the bond that is created when you sit down and read with a child. There are goals that are set and outlined upon signing up and I want to hit them!
What are some things that you do to take care of yourself??