The One All About Self Care
We are fortunate enough to work with the best parents and we want to help you by sharing their secrets. Each Monday, we will launch a new blog series, sharing a post with our most admiral mommas. We take a moment to celebrate their highest achievement and share their best, most anticipated tips + tricks for successful days ahead.
When you fly on an airplane, the crew goes over the safety precautions during takeoff. If needed, you are instructed to put your oxygen mask first before helping others (ie. children). The reason why is because if you run out of oxygen, you can't assist those in need with theirs. What does this have to do with self care and motherhood? I know it's a crazy analogy, but it's a simple reminder to take care of yourself before anyone else.
Being a mother is a blessing but it can get hectic. Motherhood is just straight up crazy. We tend to lose ourselves and focus on meeting the needs of others. Prioritizing yourself before your own kids may sound selfish- heck, I bet you'd even feel guilty- however, you must keep in mind that in order to give your friends + family the best, is to be your best first.
I used to feel so guilty leaving my kids with my husband while I'm out getting a massage, but, now I know I need to be away and that it's okay to have me-time. Not only is it okay, it's important. I come home feeling better which puts my whole family in a better state. I make sure to have at least one appointment a week of either a massage or acupuncture session.
Self care can be described as anything that helps you feel better. It can be as simple as reading a book, a power nap, or a relaxing bath. Taking the time to take care of yourself is the best thing you can do for you and your family. We have the job of providing to the needs of our children, it can be exhausting.
I read somewhere that "you can't pour out of an empty cup". I just remind myself of this. So take care of yourself, give yourself the time. It doesn't make you a "bad mama" - if anything, it makes you better and stronger.
I'm teaming up with Kambia Kids and doing a self-care giveaway. We are gifting a special, deserving mama $75 giftcard to the place they gain the most "me-time" from. Let us know where, how + when you would spend the giftcard in the comments section below and we will pick a winner Friday, September 29 at 6PM.
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