The most important thing you'll check off your to do list.
Our days are full.
We all work --maybe that's in an office, or a restaurant, or as a home maker. Some of us are parents. Some of us are students. God bless you, some of you are parents AND students. We have relationships to maintain. We have friends and family who need our time and attention. Some of you have new babies at home. Babies that are strapped to you 80% of the day so they can access the boob at a moments notice, and so that you can get through the 1,402 things on your to do list.
I work full time at my day job, I am growing a small business, and I am active in the birth community. I have a boyfriend, and friends, and family that I need to invest it and sometimes it can feel like it's all too much. How are we supposed to do it all?
The answer is simple: self care. We have to add 'me' to our list of things to do. And I don't mean at the very bottom once everything else has been taken care of. We need to do something that fills up our spirit. We all need to be doing one thing every day that we are excited about.
Maybe that's reading a book.
Or having a cup of tea on the porch.
Or riding your bike.
Or doing yoga.
Or taking a nice long nap.
Or maybe you're like me and you love sitting in the sand at the beach.
Whatever it is for you --whatever self care looks like to you, it's so important that you do it. We can't continually pour out if we have nothing in our tank. We need to be refilled. We need to be refreshed. We may have to say no to that bake sale, or to having people over, or taking on that next project, to make sure we can invest in ourselves. Saying "no" might make us uncomfortable, especially if we're people pleasers, but even if it's just once a week, doing something just for us will give us what we need to keep from burning out, or losing ourselves in the doing.
Self care will make us better moms.
Better birth workers.
As women and as care givers we have been taught to put others first, but we won't do any good for anyone if we don't first invest in ourselves. Do something that is life giving today. I live close to the beach so I am going out today after work. Maybe I'll bring a book. I will definitely have a margarita and one of my soul friends, and I am going to absorb some vitamin D, enjoy God's creation and refresh my spirit.
What do you like to do for self care? Let me know in the comments.