I read this quote recently and it struck a chord with me. I never really knew the importance of self care until I read it. It made me realize that I really wasn’t taking care of myself the way that I should be and that needed to change.
As a mom, I tend to focus on everyone and everything but myself. It’s just one of those things that we all tend to do. Not just moms but all humans in general. We tend to pour all of ourselves into our families, friends, careers, and everything in between that we forget about ourselves. We keep pouring and pouring until there’s nothing left to give. You can’t run on empty. How do you expect to take care of anyone or anything if you’re not taking care of yourself first? That’s why it’s important to take a step back and refill. Make yourself your top priority for once. Don’t think of it as selfishness. Think of it as self-preservation.
So how can you refill your cup when you’re empty? Some might think of self care as an all day type of thing like a spa day. While that does sounds absolutely amazing, it’s not feasible for some. There are so many different ways to practice self care. You just have to do what works for you even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.
With that being said, here are a few ways that I fill my own cup. Hopefully, these might work for you also.
- Solo shopping trips – I’m not afraid to admit that Target is my happy place. When I get the chance to take a trip to Target by myself, I jump at it. I don’t have to worry about a fussy toddler or a bored husband giving me that “Are you done yet?!” look. I can take my time browsing through every aisle, sipping on my Starbucks in peace. Now, it might not be good for me financially but hey, it’s my own form of therapy.
- Naps – I tell my son every time that he skips a nap that he’s going to regret it. He probably has no idea what I’m talking about but he will eventually. We’ve all been in a situation where you’re tired as hell and you really want to take a nap but you’ve got that certain task that needs to be done. TAKE THAT NAP! Not only will it help you recharge and feel refreshed, but it’ll make you more alert, improve your memory, and so much more. Google it.
- Take a walk – When I’m feeling stressed out, I find that taking a walk can definitely help me unwind. I put my son in his stroller, turn on Spotify, and just walk around our apartment complex. I actually kill two birds with one stone when we go for a walk. Jax gets to explore and have some outside stimulation while I get to release some endorphins, de-stress, and burn some calories. Plus, it’s cost effective!
- Essential oils – Now, I’ve only started using essential oils just recently. I picked up a pack of aromatherapy rollerballs by Tisserand at TJ Maxx out of curiousity and after a couple of uses, I have noticed that they do help me relax. I mainly use the De-stress roller ball which includes sweet orange, geranium, and nutmeg essential oils.
Just remember to take care of yourself. Make sure to refill when you need it because you’re no good to anyone if your cup is empty.