As a mom, we are in a season of busy. We are in a season of running here, there, and everywhere trying to do everything for everyone. It’s during this season that it’s easiest to let our self-care fall by the wayside, but I think it’s uber important we don’t do that. It’s actually more important that we take care of ourselves during this season because so many people depend on us. We are the glue that often holds the family and schedule together. We are moms!
Now, girl before you start to think that I’m some immune superwoman who has never let her self-care fall by the wayside, I want to tell you a story of tear-filled nights. It wasn’t even a month ago. I was tired. I’d been working my fingers to the bone on my business, and I still felt like I didn’t have enough time to do it all. I was in tears when my husband asked me why I didn’t schedule something to my social media. He was trying to be helpful. He was trying to help my business. I was a mess of mush almost instantly, and it was purely because I wasn’t following through with my self-care plan. I was working ALL THE TIME. I wasn’t taking a hot bath at the end of the day to wind down. I was continually adding more stress to my life instead of taking it away. This was bad news bears. I needed a solution and that’s why I came up with this self-care plan.
My solution came from writing down a self-care plan. Now, I didn’t write down something that I had to stick to every day, but I did try to give myself options for my daily routine. Some of these were little things for those days when you just don’t have time. I know that can feel like most days, but I promise there is hope and help.
The entire design of this plan is to break your self-care down into sections throughout the day. It’s so you can do it a little at a time throughout the day. It’s meant to bring more relax and less stress to your life.
Eat breakfast (even if it’s just yogurt, honey, and a glass of juice)
Drink a glass of water
Enjoy your coffee
Go on a walk around your neighborhood
Look at something you find truly beautiful
Use your morning facial lotion
Take a shower
Eat a full, hot meal with your spouse
Take a nap
Do your workout
Mark something off your to-do list that will make you feel better
Take a family walk around your neighborhood
Do tomorrow’s to-do list
Lay out your clothes for the next day
Prepare and drink a nightcap
Color in your adult coloring book
As you can see, I didn’t try to get too fancy. I merely tried to add in a few things that I liked to do and would make me feel calmer. I obviously can’t do all of these things every day, but I am able to try to do at least 1 per section. Yesterday, I ate yogurt, spent nap time getting the budget settled, and I ended my day by reading and doing my to-do list for the next day. I feel so relaxed. My self-care plan has been a real savior for my life and my cortisol levels.