I love new blogs. It is like cracking open a brand new composition journal at the beginning of the school year. I am excited to carve out a little space on the Internet for myself. I created this blog as a place to record and reflect on an area of my life that frequently gets neglected: self-care. I’m not talking about getting pedicures, massages, and taking bubble baths every night (though all of that sounds lovely). I’m talking about the things in life that nourish my body, mind, and soul. The things that help me reconnect with myself.
I am a stay-at-home mom. As much as I love being at home with my little guy, it can really leave me feeling depleted at the end of the week. Giving my all to a little human 24/7 is a lot of work, especially emotionally and mentally. I’m sure plenty of you can relate. However, it’s not just us parents who end up running on fumes. Most of us find that we are so busy with everything else in our lives that we end up not taking care of ourselves. We don’t take the time to recharge our batteries and listen to what we need.
Recently I have learned just how important self-care is. As recently as yesterday. This week was a very long week and I was sapped of all my energy. I was irritable, impatient, and generally unhappy for a better part of the week. I don’t like feeling this way and it definitely impedes on my ability to be the best mom, wife, and human being I can be. It also takes a toll on my own well-being. I am learning that taking care of yourself does not make you selfish. On the contrary, it is necessary in order to cultivate all of those warm fuzzy things like happiness, love, and compassion. You can’t feel any of those things when you feel like a waste heap.
You ARE worth your time!