Life is full, mamas. It is hectic, and crazy sometimes … definitely a little chaotic, but gloriously full. In the midst of all the sleepless nights, the diapers, the homework or teaching (if you homeschool like us), the laundry and the errands, we must make time for ourselves. That time should be rejuvenating; it should give life to our bodies, our spirit and our minds. Please, please don’t limit your self care to sugary coffees at high priced coffee shops and manicures. There is a time and place for those things- but on a weekly, and dare I say *daily* basis, we need to take care of ourselves!
Find an activity that motivates you to move! Maybe you’re in a season where you need to step up your movement game- add walking outside at a brisk pace to your routine. Or if you need to take it down a notch from heavier workouts, do the same! A brisk walk is good for the body and mind, allows us to decompress, breath fresh air, and get out of the house or office. If walking seems boring, add music, find a favorite podcast, or just start listening to nature on your walk. Stretching and pilates are other great ways to restore your body, give it time off from stress, and decompress. Fancy getting the kids involved? Then consider taking them roller skating, walking at the park or zoo, or swimming!
Feed Your Body
Good food really does fuel your body. If you want to get the best result out of the food you eat, then you should know that this starts with using quality ingredients. Use fresh ingredients as often as you can, and make sure you nourish yourself with the right foods-healthy fats, whole carbs (ie:not white bread), and colorful fruits and veggies. Anchor fruits and carbs with a filling protein to help stabilize blood sugar levels, and eat to full, but not stuffed. This will work wonders for energy levels!
Avoid sugar, simply because it is bad for our energy, our blood sugar, and it is addictive. I wouldn’t give my kids cookies or cokes to stay awake in a mid day slump, so I shouldn’t do that to my own body! Self care is important mamas-we can’t take care of them if we don’t take care of ourselves.
Drink water! Yes, lots and lots of clean, purified water. Water that comes from a filter like the Berkey is great; we love ours! The water really does taste different, and we are protected from all the run off pesticides and chemicals in our water. Do a little digging on hormone disruptors in the environment and how you can avoid them- interesting stuff. =)
Connecting with family and friends is important-we have to make time to snuggle, give hugs, talk, look deeply into other human’s eyes, and actually connect. Connect over morning coffee on the weekends (our favorite!), make breakfast together, laugh about the past, or read a good book together. Strengthening relationships helps us improve our self care as well as just being part of our self care.
Visit Your Physician
Keeping up with our routine appointments can be important- especially when we have medical needs that require annual or frequent visits. Find a doctor, dentist, and ENT that align with your beliefs and need. Having routine blood work done for vitamin D, hormone, and thryoid levels can be huge part of self care. Even hearing specialist can be important depending on your family- Click here to find out more about that. Our family sees an ND, and a wonderful family practitioner for most of our needs; we are also seeing an ENT for a preauricular pit that needs to be looked at for one of our children soon.
Make Sleep a Priority … a BIG Priority!
Not getting enough sleep can impact our health greatly- from depression to weight gain, when we don’t get enough quality sleep, our health suffers. Avoid caffeine late in the day, get in some outdoor time as often as possible throughout your day, get barefooted in the grass, and drink all your water each day. These are the top things that help me get to sleep well, and stay that way.
If you struggle with anxiety, or waking in the middle of the night, grab an essential oil diffuser, and diffuse a (high quality brand) essential oil blend; we love lavender and cedarwood together for deep, lasting sleep!
What are your favorite self care tips?
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