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Simplifying Life Series

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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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Simplifying Life with Self-Care

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Why should I prioritize self-care as my number one?

This is a great question, and I wanted to start out with it because, like most parents, we put others first, especially our family. 

So why should I prioritize myself? I know that sounds selfish, but it truly isn’t! The reality is that if we take care of ourselves, we can better care for others. 

Fact: I can’t care for my family correctly if I am sick or too busy with other things. Self-care helps keep you from burning the candle at both ends. In reality, we are not made to overwork 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! 

 

So what is self-care then?

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 felt the same thing. “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 part of your daily routine, even if it is for a few minutes in the middle and at the end.

 

How to get self-care into my daily routine…

Keep it simple! It only takes a few minutes of activities that you can do throughout the day, and they don’t have to be expensive. 

Find what works for you and stick with it. Have fun with ideas, and experiment with them. 

Ideas for self-care

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What are the benefits of self-care?

Since we looked into some ideas, let’s look at how they benefit us. Practicing daily self-care can reduce stress, make you feel calmer and more relaxed, and increase your confidence. Self-care also improves your ability to care for your family and others and helps you feel purposeful.

Having an extra busy day?

Set an alarm every hour, take 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.

Let’s make self-care a daily habit!

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; return to it once you remember. That is this beauty: self-care can be done any time of 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.

Hello!

I am Leah. Welcome to The Loving Cedar LLC. Here is where you will find parenting tips and tricks to help you simplify life.

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More questions? Please feel free to reach out to me. My door is always open, I am here to help you through this parenting journey!

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