It is hard to believe that we have come to the end of 2016. So many things happened this year, good and bad. This isn’t just a time to remember what has passed, but to think about and plan next year. In your planning process, you need to plan to take care of yourself. As I’ve talked about for the past several weeks, self care isn’t selfish, but vital to your survival. So for this weekend, when you are setting resolutions I want you to think about this Self Care Saturday Challenge Plan Your Self Care!
How am I to do this consistently?
One thing I’ve found is that if I don’t write it down on the calendar, it doesn’t happen. I have a dry erase wall calendar that we use for important things. Not only does it keep the family informed, but it helps keep me on track and they can help me be accountable.
I also have a weekly check list in my bullet journal. Every Sunday I write out what I want to accomplish that week. I always have something on that list that is just for me.
I also check my bullet journal every morning to see which of the tasks I want to accomplish that day.
Finally, it is about priorities. I know you don’t want to hear that, but it is true. If you don’t make self care a priority, it won’t happen. There will always be something that needs to be done. If you let it slip, “just this once,” you have to start all over getting back on the wagon. It is HARD, but you have to choose your HARD!
My husband doesn’t like me doing this.
Your husband also doesn’t like you being sick either. When you don’t take the time to take care of yourself, you wear yourself out and eventually catch whatever bug is going around. A perfect example is that you always seem to get sick after your kids. That’s because you wore yourself out taking care of them, so your immune system is low.
And let’s get real here girls, no woman is interested in sex if she is tired, worn out, overwhelmed, and stressed. If telling him that taking care of yourself helps you take care of others, doesn’t work- this will. I know this is personal, and for some maybe TMI, but it is true!
When a woman is well rested and well cared for, like a flower, she flourishes. She feels beautiful, sexy even. Nothing is more attractive to a man than a woman who exudes beauty because she feels good about herself.
I don’t have time.
I hear this all the time, and honestly, I don’t have time either, but I make time.
You know that woman you saw at the grocery store. The one who was frazzled, wearing shabby clothes, with her hair pulled back into a messy bun. Well, that mom was me, and if you are honest with yourself, it has been you more than you care to admit.
Not only is she stressed out, but she is a HOT MESS! She is so busy going that she doesn’t stop to enjoy her life. She isn’t taking care of herself and it will eventually come back to bite her in a BAD way.
I’m tired of being her!
Good! Because I’m tired of being her too! It is the time we make change girls. It is the time that we took our lives back.
“This is our fight song, take back our lives song!”
We need to start taking care of ourselves like our very lives depend on it because honestly, they do. Not only our mental health but our physical health as well. We only get ONE life, it is time to start living it to the fullest. It is time to take back our lives, and we can do that by taking care of ourselves.
Where do I start?
There are so many wonderful ideas out there, but I will give you some to get you started.
Self Care Saturday Challenge Plan Your Self Care
If you are still on the fence about self care, here is a round up of my past posts about self care.
You don’t have to do ANY of these things, you don’t even have to read the other blog posts. My goal here is to convince you to begin regular self-care. Just do SOMETHING to take care of yourself EVERY DAY!
I know the reasons to miss it, I have them too. I’ve used them more times than I care to admit to get out of taking care of myself.
This is a chance to change yourself for the better little by little every day. That’s all it takes. Just a few minutes a day can change your life. Are you willing to step out and take the challenge? Who’s with me?