Self Care is so important, especially as a wife and a mom. You can’t help anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself. Like they say on the airplanes (or so I’ve heard, I haven’t been on a plane since I was two years old) put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping someone else. If you can’t breathe how are you going to help anyone else breathe? You aren’t.
Everyone does their own self care their way. There is no right or wrong to this. I’m going to share a few ways I do self care and they are probably going to be different from how you do self care. Again, that is OK.
One of the things that I do for myself, that I just started this year, is working out. I used to be one of those people who hated working out. And when someone talked about it I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. Why would someone work out to take care of them selves. I mean besides the obvious “it’s good for your body” blah blah blah. I never thought it was fun or something I ever looked forward to. Until I found a workout program that fit me. (You can read about that here.) But before I found it. I tried everything: Beach Body programs, work outs I found on Pinterest and I couldn’t stick to them. Losing weight or “getting skinny” was never a big enough motivator for me. Now I work out 5 days a week. Not because it’s something I have to do, because it’s something I want to do. Self Care is something you need to do, but you should want it not feel obligated to. Which is why it’s important to find something that YOU like and want to do.
Something else I do is read. I’ve always loved to read as long as I can remember. But somewhere in between becoming a mom and now I just stopped. Maybe it was lack of time, or just didn’t want to find new material (aka lazy). I’ve recently started reading again. Mostly “Self-Help” type books or whatever you call them. To make it even easier on my lazy self I have Audible. So I can listen to books as I drive. And I love it so much. I have found a couple Authors that I just love and their books mean a lot to me. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know who they are. The first Al Fox Carraway. I mentioned her in another post and you can check it out here. Her book More than the Tattooed Mormon has helped push me to be better. Another favorite author is Rachel Hollis. She wrote Girl, Wash Your Face. Her book has helped me make sense of my life (I know it sounds cheesy but it’s true). She talks about lies we tell ourselves and how to overcome them. Anyways I went off of topic a little bit. But the bottom line is reading helps me feel like more than just a wife and mom.
One of my favorite things that I have been doing more of lately is crafting. It has been so relaxing, and creating something is so fun. I have been sewing and crocheting mostly. But I love all aspects of crafting: paint, wood, drawing, handlettering (I’m finally learning how to handletter and draw better), sewing, crocheting, and vinyl. But I also can’t wait to learn new crafts like quilting. It can be frustrating sometimes while crafting and something doesn’t go right. But seeing the final product makes it all worth it.
These are just a few of the things I do for my self care. Sometimes I do more of one than the other. It really just depends on my mood. What are some things you do for your self care?