Archive | August, 2013

Easy Self-Care – Right Now

Taking care of yourself doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some easy self-care  ideas you can do right this minute. ::

“I’m tired, but I’m always tired. I just exist on coffee.”

“I don’t even remember the last time I got my hair cut. Thank goodness for messy buns!”

“I haven’t bought new underwear since before I got pregnant with my first!”

These are all things I’ve heard real women say. Every single one of them makes me cringe. Because humble bragging about NOT taking care of yourself is just wrong. It implies that you believe that person who falls down in exhaustion first wins.

Wins what?

I don’t want to win that competition. But let’s be honest. The phrase “self-care” is a trigger for many women.

It makes us feel selfish, guilty. It makes us feel inadequate, because whatever things we are doing for ourself feel woefully inadequate. As if caring for yourself doesn’t count if you can’t get completely away from your responsibilities. Self-care is only worthwhile if it is a pedicure, a long nap, a date night or an evening out with your girl friends. If you can’t be checked out entirely for a few hours, then it doesn’t count. Easy self-care isn’t good enough.

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Mama, You Are So Brave

Mama, you are so brave. Brave in everything you do. ::

photo credit: mcdarius via photopin cc

This week I have been bowled over by the simple bravery it takes to be a mother.

The bravery to drop off your child at a daycare or a school and trust that they will be safe. The bravery to encourage those first tottering steps when you know that falling is inevitable. When you know the walking will take them away from you and eventually into their own separate lives. The bravery to restrain a kicking and screaming toddler in the grocery store checkout line. The bravery to carry life in your belly, not knowing who that person will be or how their life will turn out. The bravery to stay calm when your baby comes to you bleeding, literally or figuratively. The bravery to get up every morning and do it all over again.

This bravery, I think, is far too often unmentioned.

So this week, tell your mama friends you think they are brave, even when they aren’t doing anything extraordinary. And also when they are.

When you see a stranger mama who looks like she needs a kind word, tell her she’s amazing.…

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