Self-care. You hear a lot about it, but what is it, really?
Self-care is an all-encompassing term that describes measures we can take to improve our mental, emotional and physical health. Think of it as preventative medicine: it’s like a vitamin we take in the form of… anything that benefits our health. (Hah, just call me Webster’s Dictionary over here).
Confession time: I don’t always practice what I preach.
For the past three days, my lunches have consisted of the same two items: potato chips and my favourite chocolate bar, purchased at the drug store downstairs and eaten alone in the mall’s food court. I’ve been running myself ragged during a particularly insane period at the office, and it’s starting to show. I’m still recovering from a late night coming home from visiting my best friends this past weekend in Toronto. So, what did I do after work? I passed out. Hard.
As Moms, we are always guilty of putting ourselves last. Our kids are well-dressed and we spend far too much time wondering if they’re eating enough vegetables. We run them from one appointment to the next, neglecting our own basic self-care along the way (I think my body has officially forgotten that vegetables exist, but I digress….).
It’s times like these I can easily find myself feeling as though things won’t ever get better. Through some pretty intensive therapy, I’m learning that this is a mind trap: an unproductive and intrusive way of thinking that has the potential to derail my day — or even week — if I let it.
But then, I remember: I can do this. I’ve done much harder than this, and seen the other side. I completed law school with a toddler. And a spouse who traveled a lot. If I can do that, I can do hard things.
One of my favourite quotes is by Eleanor Roosevelt:
Since I overcame postpartum depression, I’ve become passionate about helping other Moms survive and thrive in motherhood. So, I’ve developed a self-care planning guide, which is the first part of my “Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Motherhood”. Self-care for mothers often sounds like an impossibility, but I’m here to tell you that it is absolutely critical to your success as a Mom. This 7 page guide will help you start to think about self care: what it is (and isn’t!), what it looks like for you, and what you can do to start paving the way for a self-care routine.
I’d love to connect with you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by e-mail.
Until then, I’m wishing you all the best on your self-care journey!