How important is it for you to take care of yourself?
The number one thing I hear from my clients that are moms is that they feel guilty taking care of themselves.
They don’t take ANY time out of the day to be alone, decompress, go for a walk, etc. They don’t have a babysitter, or when their partner gets home they just continue on with their day, not doing anything for themselves.
Now, I’ve been there. It took me just about 19 months to get help with Olivia. I was just about losing my mind…and all areas of my life were being affected. I was complaining that I couldn’t keep “doing this”, especially when Liv wasn’t napping well. Danny tried to convince me to find a babysitter for months and months and months. But..I didn’t. It felt like so much effort to find someone I trust to care for my little girl.
But then…I did it. I interviewed 3 girls and went with one of them…and then I decided she wasn’t a great fit, so I found another sitter. We ALL love this sitter. She doesn’t come over regularly now (YET!) because Liv goes to school, but soon we’ll have her come watch Mila.
I decided on twice a week for 2 hours, so 4 hours total a week. Ya know what, it’s not that much time, but it made all the difference for me. I was able to work, food shop, do errands, etc on my own. I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulder. Liv looked forward to playing with someone else and I was able to get things done on my own. And ya know what, when I was pregnant with Mila, I often used one of those days to NAP!
Why am I telling you this? Well, because you probably need to hear it. Whether you are a mom, wife or just work over 12 hours a day, you HAVE to take care of yourself. We need to stop burning ourselves out and take time to take care of ourselves!
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So what does this look like for you? Figure it out! Talk about it with your spouse and/or family and decide what it means for your family. Having a conversation about it, is the first step to you being HAPPIER!
Here’s some ideas (and I’ll tell you I did like 4 of these things yesterday alone!)
- Go for a 10 minute walk alone.
- Wake up before your family and workout.
- Go for a manicure with friends.
- Get a coffee sans kids.
- Make that phone call or posting and find a sitter.
- Ask a family member to watch your child for an hour.
- Take an hour, meal plan and meal prep.
These are only a few ideas. I would love to hear your suggestions. Self care is SO important. You can only be happy if you are taking care of yourself and THEN take care of your family.
I promise you, I know how hard this choice is to make, but you will be so much better off…and so will your family. YOU are worth it!
If you need some help with self care, then check out my 7 day dare. In 7 days, you’ll whip your self-care self into shape!
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