The focus of this series is to give simple tips and tricks to help ease the hectic life. Simplifying things in life creates positive changes in places you can’t even imagine. Those small changes can make a significant impact. Is your baby between the ages of 1 minute to 100,000 minutes, and do you want to create a loving, positive atmosphere for them? Then you are in the right place!
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This is a great question, and I wanted to start out with it because like most of us parents, we put others first. Especially our family.
So why should I put myself first? I know that sounds so selfish, but it truly isn’t! The reality is that if we take care of ourselves, then we are able to better care for others.
Fact: If I am sick, or too busy with other things, then I can’t take care of my family correctly. Self-care helps keep you from burning the candle at both ends. In reality, we are not made to over work ourselves to the point that everything suffers.
It’s true, if we load the day with too many priorities, and try to do ALL of those priorities, then they ALL suffer!
Self-care is treating yourself kindly, as you would treat others. It is looking after your physical and emotional well-being.
So what comes to mind when you hear the term self-care? I know what you are thinking, because I have thought the exact same. “It’s pampering yourself”, or “it’s a nice-to-have but not essential.” Maybe it is a “treat” after you finish your to-do list. Those are far from the truth.
And no, it is not selfish! I repeat, it is not selfish. AND no, you are NOT ignoring the needs of others.
There are no ifs, ands or buts about self-care. It IS essential, and needs to be a start to your daily routine, even a few minutes in the middle and at the end.
Keep it simple! It only takes a few minutes of activities that you can do throughout the day. It doesn’t have to be expensive either.
Find what works for you and stick with it. Have fun with ideas, experiment with them.
Since we looked into some ideas, now let’s look at how they benefit us. Practicing daily self-care can reduce stress, make you feel more calm and relaxed. You feel more confident. Self-care gives you a better ability to care for your family and others. It helps you feel purposeful.
Set an alarm every hour and go for a quick walk or grab a cup of tea. Stretch. Walk away from the electronics and do something mindless. Slow down a few minutes and let your mind recover. It just takes a few minutes. Practice mindful breathing. Smile.
Nobody is perfect, but we are creatures of habit. Practicing daily self-care will create positive outcomes in your life. If you forget, don’t stress over it, just get back to it once you remember. That is the beauty of this, self-care can be done anytime of the day. Yes, starting the day out can help the whole day, but if it doesn’t happen, then once you remember, take a few breaths and practice one of the ideas you found that you love.
I am Leah. Welcome to The Loving Cedar LLC. Here is where you will find parenting tips and tricks to help you simplify life.