6:00am, the kids wake you up and you try to get them to sleep just one more hour... doesn't work... One's diaper has overflowed and they are both fussy because they are hungry. You make breakfast, let the dogs out, feed the dogs, change the bedding, bathe your kid, feed the kid, do the laundry (all at once)... and it isn't 6:30 yet? Not to mention getting ready for work, while maintaining a household. No problem, right? Sound familiar?
If you're anything like me, sometimes you forget about taking care of yourself in the midst of taking care of everyone else. Self-care is very important in our busy lives. If we don't take care of ourselves, how can we be the best we can be for ourselves and the ones we love?
Here are some ways I take care of myself. Everyone is different, and their list will change depending on their interests, but here are the ways I self-care.
1. As a nutritionist, I know the value of good, healthy food. It's very important to me to make nutrient-dense food for myself and my family. This keeps us all healthy!
2. Drink lots of water. Dehydration causes fatigue (among a plethora of other symptoms). Drinking lots of fresh, clean water helps get my energy up, keeps me hydrated and detoxes my body.
3. Yoga/Meditation - This one I have to admit I do not practice as much as I'd like to. I find yoga and meditation extremely relaxing. It gets me moving, strengthens my muscles and helps me unwind.
4. My essential oils. For the past 7 years I have been using essential oils in my home. They are calming, or invigorating depending on which one I use. I use them in everything, and find it rewarding making my own personal care and cleaning products. I definitely have branched out more since DoTERRA. Message me if you want any details about it. Having a warm bath in Lavender or Serenity is very relaxing as well.
5. Giving myself a mini facial, and giving myself a mini-pedicure/manicure. My daughter likes to join in with this. I don't mind as it is teaching her self-care.
6. Baking! I love alternative baking with unrefined sugars and grain-free recipes.
7. Camping, hiking, or cottaging. There is something to be said about being in nature, and getting back to your roots.
8. Setting time for just slowing down. The laundry, the dishes, the messy floor will all be there tomorrow. Make sure you take time for you.
9. Getting a good night's sleep. It gives my body time to reset and rejuvenate for the next day.
10. Power Down - this is something I don't currently do, but I like this idea. No phones or electronics in the bedroom and power down all electronics at least an hour before bed.
This will help you get a more restful nights sleep, and give you time to wind down before bed.
I would love to hear how you take care of yourself!