It’s been a whirlwind of a few weeks. On the home front, the four of us have been busy getting winter coughs and colds :( Hoping and praying for spring to come early and for the germs to get their eviction notice. It’s all about the positive thoughts!
Outside of the home, I’ve been filling out daycare forms and prepping for my return to work. And most importantly, make time to see my friends for catch up sessions including lots of prosecco. Prosecco is the perfect segway for #SelfCare.
I am 12 months postpartum and have a full personal life and a busy family life. Because of thatI feel it’s even more important to take care of myself as a women, wife and mother. It’s sage advice I’ve heard over and over. If I can’t take care of myself and make sure I am happy – I know I won’t be able to take care of my family and our life. I’ve already seen the effects of if: short tempered, snappy and mean!
I wanted to share some ways I practice self care when I literally have no time for myself.
I know self care has been a trendy buzz phrase from 2017 and it’s going to be even more engrained into our minds by social media in 2018. I am sure most of us have been doing some form of self care – but it can easily become over looked especially for women (moms!) who are always trying to be everything to everyone else 200% of the time.
Essentially self care is vital for our mental, physical and spiritual health. Buuuttt, self care looks different for everyone. So in sharing what I do when I don’t have a lot of time, I hope it can inspire you to find ways to take care of yourself! What I share here are things I can do quickly and why they give your mind, body and spirit a boost.
1. Work out early in the morning for 15 minutes
Let’s be real – the time for me to have a gym membership has come and gone (especially in this season of my life). So I am going to submit to that idea and just figure out a way to get in 15 minutes of activity. For me this is usually something like a quick HITT, tabata circuit or intervals on the treadmill. That’s the kind of work out I need to feel accomplished and better about myself.
2. Remind myself that “this too shall pass”
It can be really calming to take a moment out of the chaos to realize that whatever you are going through is just a drop in the bucket. I know it sounds counter-intuitivie but for me – it’s about giving myself perspective but also understanding that life could be so different. It also lets me experience and feel what I am going through. Sometimes it takes 1 minute, other times it will take 10 but it’s a no-nonsense way to show yourself some love.
3. Take deep breaths
I recently read that the only way to control the nervous system is through breathing. That is so interesting to me. That I can quickly take control of my body just by slowing down my breathing. When I feel overwhelmed (or just because) I take 2 minutes to focus on some deep breathing. This also works wonders with kids and helping them calm down from a tantrum #MomHack :P
4. Light a candle and make a cup of tea
Something about going through the motions of lighting a candle and make a cup of tea (or coffee) is very relaxing to me. Depending on how long you steep your tea for, this should only take 5 minutes and can often be thought of as a way to mediate.
5. Get some fresh air
I know it’s still cold in Toronto so whenever I know the weather is going to be warmer or if I see the sun shinning – I make the extra effort to get outdoors. Taking some fresh air into the lungs and letting the sun touch my face gives me an opportunity stretch and breath. Ideally I’d love to do 20 minutes but even 5 minutes can do wonders.