Self Care

Self Care

Self care is defined as the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Self care is something that always gets pushed off until I can finish all the things on my mental to-do list that never seems to end.

I work as a teacher, and in my building, self care is priority. We are told over and over again that if we are struggling, we need to take a step back, re-evaluate and then dive back in. How else would you be able to juggle all of the duties that come with that of a classroom teacher.

It took me a while to really understand what self care was for me, because it is different for every person. Sometimes I need a quiet space to relax and unwind, maybe it is a bath after a long day with a glass of wine. Some days it is drinking my cup of coffee while it is still hot. I love to relax in the evening and watch one of my shows with John. Sewing is a creative outlet for me that I enjoy a lot and I get to watch my little ones wear the creations I make them, which makes me even happier.

The point is, don’t let self care drop to the bottom of your to-do list! Figure out what self care looks like to you and take the time to put you first because YOU DESERVE IT!

We all have THOSE days…

We all have THOSE days…

We all have THOSE days…

You know what days I’m talking about already,

THOSE days where you overslept, 

THOSE days that you struggle to dress your toddler but she insists on a tutu in 30° weather

THOSE days where you need to get gas on the way to work, but you’re already running behind, 

THOSE days when you drop your toddler off at daycare and they cry for you, 

THOSE days where you have a TO-DO list that seems impossible to get through at work,

THOSE days where your boss seems like the enemy,

THOSE days when you forget to pack lunch so you scarf down the peanut butter crackers and a Coke from the vending machine.,

THOSE days when you get home to find your dog has destroyed something in the house,

THOSE days when your toddler clings to you when you get home,

THOSE days when the laundry looks like Mt. Everest and you have no willpower to climb it,

THOSE days where you are so exhausted from a long day at work that you can’t bring yourself to cook a good dinner…you order pizza,

THOSE days when your husband hasn’t had a great day and comes home in a mood,

THOSE days when all you are looking forward to is bedtime,

THOSE days where you have a 3 year old taking up most of your bed,

THOSE days when you desperately want alone time with your spouse, 

THOSE days where you are so tired, yet struggle to fall asleep because you are thinking about all the things you didn’t get to that you now have to do the next day…

We all have THOSE days …we have to remember on THOSE days that we are NOT alone! 

ALL moms struggle to get it together, even those perfect pinterest moms have THOSE days.

We get caught up in this world where we feel like we have to juggle all the things at once to feel successful. We compare ourselves to images we scroll through on Instagram, we are all trying to “keep up with the Jones’”. 

Give yourself a break, give yourself a minute to breathe, give yourself time to take that bubblebath and drink that glass (or bottle) of wine, give yourself some time to just sit and watch a movie with the kids and not worry about the TO-DO list. It will be there later, I promise!