Sometimes I think self-care is misunderstood. So I’m going to start this blog post off with an oxford dictionary definition: “self-care is the practice of activities that are necessary to sustain life and health, normally initiated and carried out by the individual for him- or herself.”
Activities that sustain life and health simply need to be included in this healthy journey blog! Now I know that as mums we are all running ourselves ragged looking after everyone else….but just for today – let me challenge you to ask yourself – could you squeeze in something small today for yourself that makes you feel better? I know some of you won’t do this because you are so far removed from doing things for yourselves that you can’t think of any activities that might achieve this… so I’ve listed 10 examples below!  Please pick at least one or come up with your own but take even just 10 minutes out today to do something for yourself!
  1. Buy a magazine or book to read for 15 mins before going to sleep to help you unwind.
  2. Go for that walk to clear your head rather than putting it off because of doing things for other people.
  3. Put on that face mask that’s been in the drawer since Christmas because you haven’t gotten around to using it.
  4. On the same theme, lift that moisturiser out that’s been sitting unopened and put it beside your bed so you remember to put it on every night and be kinder to your skin.
  5. Sit for 10 minutes with your diary and write in a goal you want to achieve in the next month, business, personal or family, then list some baby steps you might need to walk to accomplish it.
  6. Put on that top or jeans that makes you feel good but you haven’t worn because of lockdown.
  7. Sit down for 10 minutes with a cup of tea and a biscuit and actually put your feet up.
  8. Paint your nails a nice colour!
  9. Delegate something today
  10. Offer your kids a bribe to clean up so you don’t have to.
I know most of the suggestions are small and more geared towards sanity but with schools starting back shortly, I’m trying to be as realistic as I can!!  Let us know in the comments what act of self-care did you manage to squeeze in, I can’t wait to read them!

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