Taking care of yourself as a working parent. What thought comes into your head when you hear this?
What do you think is meant by taking care of yourself?
As someone who would always roll my eyes when someone told me to take care of myself, I get it, there is no time.
No time to take care of yourself at all, whatsoever.
You get up, take care of everyone, make yourself presentable, get everyone, and yourself, where they need to be, come home and do the reverse.
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Here's the thing...
Taking care of yourself doesn't have to mean what people typically think it means.
It doesn't have to mean a weekend away, a night out with friends, a spa day.
Taking care of yourself can mean
Taking care of yourself means whatever you believe it means, but the ultimate goal is to be present for your kids.
To not scream at everyone the moment you pick them up or walk in the door and to feel good about who you are and about the moment that you're in.
We will all have good days and bad. Some days will involve louder volume voices than we care to have, some days will be barely shy of perfect.
But look at what else happened those days. Did you have any time to yourself?
Odds are on the days that were just shy of perfect you spent a little time on yourself. And on the days where there was a lot of room for improvement, you didn't spend any.
When we don't take those few minutes for ourselves to enjoy that coffee or tea or water in the morning, or when we don't get those few minutes of a power nap in at lunch, we are setting ourselves up to not be our best.
And when we're not our best for ourselves, then we're not our best for our kids.
Most people want better for their kids than what they had, and it doesn't matter how good you had it growing up, we want better for our kids.
How are we supposed to show them they deserve a good life when we don't show them that we value ourselves?
Because a good life all starts with you
It starts with your opinion of yourself and your image of yourself.
It moves along to your opinion and image of those around you, of the world.
And that is how our kids develop their mindsets, by watching us and imitating us.
If we don't show them we value our minds, our bodies, our environment, we are setting them up to fail.
We are setting them up for poor self-care which then leads to poor quality of life in mental health, physical health, relationships and, quite frankly, lack of successes in life.
So, what am I telling you??
Whatever you need to do to take care of you and be the best you for yourself and your family.
Just remember, it doesn't have to cost anything, it doesn't have to be elaborate.
The end result just needs to be your peace of mind, your appreciation of the present, your appreciation of all you have in life.
Comment below with your favorite ways to take care of yourself!
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