Sometimes I think the idea of self care gets a bad rap when you are a busy mom. Like caring for yourself doesn’t count if you can’t get completely away from your responsibilities. Self care only counts 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. It isn’t good enough.
If you can’t get a long break – especially if you can’t – you still need to care for yourself. You cannot care for your family’s needs non-stop without meeting your own. Self care is useful even when it is tiny. It can be moments in between, or moments during. It can be simply a breath, a re-settling of your awareness into your body. It can be a decision to do less today, to let go of perfection and judgement and comparing.
Try one of these things for a bit of self care today:
- Whatever you are doing right now, take three deep breaths. Close your eyes if you can, but that’s not a requirement.