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On my bedroom wall, hangs a photo of me lounging on the beach, in Aruba, in my first-pregnancy, full-bellied glory. My children often ask questions about the “me” in the photo – quite fascinated with the idea of mama’s existence prior to them.
The woman in that photo, wholeheartedly understood the importance of self-care – for her wellbeing and that of the growing baby within. Emotionally taxing days were counteracted by a reserved spot in my favorite spinning class. Evening walks with my husband, prenatal yoga, meaningful time with friends and healthy eating were prioritized.
Amidst the daily juggles of motherhood, one of the first things to often go is taking care of ourselves.
I have been there.
And sometimes, I still have to pull myself out. When I find myself making promises rooted in “when things slowdown”, I know it’s time to reassess and prioritize. Because in motherhood, when we invest in our self-care, we allow ourselves to be the best that we can possible be for our loved ones and ourselves.
I’m not speaking of the once in a few months trip to a nail salon. I’m urging mothers, both seasoned and new to make a daily commitment to self-care. This can be as simple as identifying support-systems to help when a new baby arrives; connecting with friends; meditating; asking for help – or squeezing in rest. The emphasis is on making time for things that energize, ground and inspire.
In my life, working out has been a sanctuary and is vital to my own emotional and physical wellbeing. Adequate sleep, connecting with steadfast friends, participating in social good and functioning in a creative capacity are important to me too. The joy found in sewing and crafting is often absent on the pages of this blog – yet left to be appreciated by me and the recipients of my efforts. I know that I’m better when I give back to myself – even if on some days that means being present in enjoying that morning cup of coffee.
Thinking of mindful and consistent self-care as a lifestyle and not a once-in-a-while thing requires continual effort and evaluation. It is a process that I am committed to working on and one that I hope you will join me in practicing.
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Cheers to making yourself a priority.