I'm a mom. I totally understand putting my own needs on the back burner for the rest of my family, my business, and my friends. There are never enough hours in the day to do all the things we want to do and someone or something is always pulling you in different directions. It's a never ending cycle. As time goes on, you notice an ache or pain, a sense of overwhelming exhaustion mentally and physically, or you notice that you are getting ill more often. It's so easy to overlook these clues, but eventually they catch up.
Self care is not a selfish thing. I know that indulging in a massage or pedicure feels totally selfish, but these small acts make such a huge impact on your mental and physical well being. Self care can be as simple as making a commitment to meditate 10 minutes a day or it can be as elaborate as taking a weekend spa trip. Whatever you do, take time to take care of you. You cannot be at your best potential when you are running on empty.
Massage therapy is personally my favorite self care regimen. I purposely carve out time every few weeks (or more often when I am having pain issues) to get a massage. Not only does massage help relax the body and relieve muscle aches, it also gives me a bit of a mental "reset". I am able to clear my mind and focus on allowing my body to heal.
Don't underestimate the power of a long, hot bath! A bath is my go-to for quick relaxation. I make the water extra hot, add in some bath salts, a bath bomb, light candles, and relax for about an hour. I wait until all my kids are in bed so I can have that time for myself. It makes a huge difference and I find I sleep so much better afterwards.
Whatever you choose, don't feel guilty. Your body and your mind will thank you for replenishing it.
What is your favorite self care ritual? I have recently started accupuncture and love it!