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By now I’m pretty sure it’s no secret that my schedule has been a little bit on the crazy side lately. ;) Don’t get me wrong, I’m super happy for the current craziness! These past few weeks have brought the BFFF brand so many amazing opportunities and projects! Between the #SOBestFriendsForFrosting Airbnb, our house remodel, and a few projects that are still secrets for now ;). As things are wild, there is one thing on my mind… self care! Grab a cup of coffee, we NEED to talk!
While I wouldn’t change the past few weeks and months for anything, they’ve still been taking their toll. I’m definitely the type of person who likes to stay busy, but that also means I can end up going schedule-overboard if I’m not too careful! Being married with two kids already means I have a pretty packed schedule! So, once you start adding work projects and family needs, it usually equals nottt a lot of hours left in the day. For me, when my schedule gets tight like that, personal self-care is always the first thing out the window. Can anyone else totally relate to this? It’s never intentional, but it’s just kind of how it happens. I’ll start looking for things to move out of my schedule and end up with pretty limited options. I can’t move work projects, quality time with Charlie and Claire is so important to me, so I’ll usually end up just moving things like my hair appointment back a few weeks. You do that over and over again until you realize you’re months overdue for a haircut. Yikes! And then I do that for everything: sleep, exercise, eating right, personal time, and all around self care. Is this sounding familiar to anyone else?
Sacrificing self care may sound like the best option at the time, but don’t forget how important it truly is! I am taking notes myself as I type this. ;) Especially as moms, it’s our job to take care of other people, but we really can’t do that if we aren’t taking care of ourselves as well. I know it’s not at all an easy thing to do, but self care and personal time should always be scheduled into everyone’s calendars. If you’re like me, and this is something you totally struggle with, then don’t worry! This has been so on my mind lately that I’ve put together a few tips to help you begin scheduling. Think of them as little starting points for self care! :)
Make Time For Date Night
For all of my married friends out there, this one is a must! Especially for the moms who are reading, this should be high on the priority list! As busy parents, it is so easy for Andy and I to accidentally put our relationship on the backburner. And I mean our relationship, not our parenting relationship. I’m guilty, and I know so many other moms who are guilty, of accidentally making dates or quality time with your spouse about the kids. How can you not right? But instead of spending the evening catching up on the kids, make sure you also have time where you’re talking just about each other. And be sure to have nights that are really dates! Get dressed up, make reservations out, and spend time just the two of you out and away from the day to day. It sounds so simple, but it’s really so important! Andy and I usually do this only a handful of times a year. I notice that things are so much more smooth sailing around the house.
This one is totally all about taking care of yourself, before you can take care of anyone else! Pampering yourself every now and again is a completely healthy and acceptable thing to do! So often I feel like we associate “pampering” with like full weekends at an expensive spa. But pampering yourself doesn’t have to be on that big of a scale! Find the little things that you know will make you feel so, so much better. Schedule a haircut or a pedicure and turn your phone off or on airplane mode while you’re there. Or if you prefer your phone on, call an old friend who makes you smile. Take a fully glamourous bubble bath one night, complete with candles, bath bombs, and everything! Read that book you ordered and never got started on. Get up extra early and make your favorite cup or coffee or tea while everyone else is sleeping. I loooooove doing that. It can honestly be as simple as you need it to be!
Be in Tune with your body
As funny as this sounds, I have recently learned that the more in-tune I am with myself, the more present I feel. I have officially learned to avoid certain foods that flare up my allergies or make me feel bloated and crummy. I also make sure to take in extra water as that was one of my UTI triggers for years. We’re all girls over here, so let’s talk…. I used to actually get terrible UTIs a lot back in the day, especially when I’m under a lot of stress, and that is why I kept AZO Urinary Pain Relief® Max Strength on hand just in case. Now that I am on my game, I haven’t had one since October of last year. I remember the timing well because I had a pumpkin smash smoothie from Jamba Juice- another fave! I love the new AZO Complete Feminine Balance™ Daily Probiotic because it helps protect my vaginal health, maintain a healthy pH, it’s clinically shown to work in 7 days, and it’s made up of a clinically studied blend of 4 unique probiotic strains found in healthy women. It’s a total game changer. If you’re not feeling 100% in any area of your life, don’t put making small changes on the back burner. Small changes can make all the difference in the world.
Tackle Something On Your To-Do List
Self care can sometimes involve work too ;) One of the things that consistently drains my mental energy is a never ending to-do list. Specifically I mean those things that don’t really have a deadline and you know you don’t HAVE to do it. These tasks just kind of sit for weeks and weeks on your mental to-do list and it’s exhausting! There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get them done, so you keep pushing them back, and getting more and more frustrated. Personally for me too, after a while they start to make me feel like a bit of a failure. Falling into bed every night I’m totally like, “Ugh, I STILL didn’t get that done today.” Instead of wasting valuable mental energy on these things, try to just knock one out a day or even one out a week! Make the most important ones that cause you a dreadful feeling a priority because they are! You will feel so much better when you get to check those off your to-do list. Freeing up mental energy and accomplishing long overdue tasks can definitely make you feel better!
Life is always going to be filled with stressful moments or chaotic phases. But that totally doesn’t mean that your health and wellbeing should be sacrificed! I know that I am by far the biggest rebel to this rule, but hopefully we can all work on scheduling some self care together. :) Is anyone else totally guilty of the self-sacrifice? What’s your easiest way to show yourself some self care?