I don't know about you guys, but I struggled a lot in the self care department in 2019. To those of you who made yourself a priority last year - kudos! There were so many factors that contributed to my lacking such as family setbacks, moving, starting a new position at work, and birthing a new business. Although each of these were legitimate reasons, I know that I still have to hold myself accountable, and work on not always putting myself last. Can we all agree to indulge in more self-care this year? If you're needing a good place to start or some ideas on how to achieve this, continue reading.
The first thing that I will be doing is allowing myself to wine down for 10-15 min after getting home from work and or picking up the kids. I'm guilty of coming home and immediately starting to clean or cook dinner while still in my work clothes! This is not good - it makes me more anxious and stressed. Instead, I'm going to commit to changing my clothes first, and then either laying down in the bed or sitting down to regroup. Only then, will I start cleaning or cooking. This way, I'm better prepared and can say a quick prayer for energy, grab a glass of wine, and ask Alexa to play some good music.
The next thing I'll be doing this year to help with self care is deciding at the beginning of each month, what's something that I've either always wanted to do or just something that I genuinely enjoy doing. This could be learning a new hobby, going to a new restaurant, giving myself a facial, scheduling a massage, etc. The goal is to decide at the beginning of the month, and then pick a date that I can feasibly do whatever it is. For this month, I desperately need a massage - I will be treating myself to that before the month is out.
Lastly, I'd like to be more aware and in-tune with my energy levels. Like most moms, we tend to overextend ourselves, and this does a disservice to our self-care needs. One of the best forms of self-care is knowing when you're physically, mentally, or spiritually drained, and taking the time to re-charge. It's okay to say, "Let's talk later" "Let's reschedule" or whatever it is that's commanding your attention.
There's so much more that can be done to improve how you take care of yourself, but it's important to start - no matter how small it may seem. I look forward to hearing how you've improved throughout the year.
Happy New Year!
Tierra Gerdine, Mompreneur and friend passionate about entrepreneurship and sharing her story.