Self Care for Mamas
Happy Mamas’ Day!
Happy Mother’s Day weekend. I hope you are spending the weekend being appreciated and appreciating all the women in your life who are awesome mamas. I know first hand that giving birth is not the only way to be a mama, and that the woman who birthed you is not the only important mama in your life. Take time this weekend to feel the love, and share the love, with those in your life who feel like family.
I’m betting that you are a caregiver, in one way or another. It’s a job full of demands, and emotions. You feel fulfilled, frustrated, loved, ignored, loved, and unappreciated, sometimes all in the same half hour.
This week, I want to talk to you about self-care. You might have someone in your life that makes sure you are taken care of, or you might not. Either way, only you know what nourishes you best.
But Katy… my family needs me all. the. time.
Yes… and no. They need you, but only if you’re healthy, and sane, and not going to snap if one more juicebox spills. They need you, but not if you’re an empty shell who is just going through the motions.
So this weekend, I want you to make plans to take care of yourself, and then make it happen. Below is a (not entirely exhaustive) list of ways that you can take care of you, from the free to the cheap to the indulgent. You don’t have to do them all, and you certainly don’t have to do the ones that don’t appeal to you, but add some of these to your calendar… in pen… starting today. Your level of sanity, and your family, will thank you.
- take a yoga class
- get a massage
- window shop at the mall… by yourself
- go to the coffee shop and actually drink a cup of coffee, while it’s still hot
- put on your favorite album from the 90’s (hello No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom) and go for a run
- try a new class at the boutique gym that just opened downtown (first classes are usually free or cheap)
- grab a stress-free girlfriend and hit up a local wine tasting
- pack a beach towel, sunscreen and a magazine and go to the beach
- find a quiet spot and write actual notes to your real/long lost friends. write about non-kid things. put stamps on them and mail. you will have just made your (equally stressed out) friends’ weeks.
- send the kids to the movie theater with their dad to watch some annoying kids movie that you don’t want to see, and watch a documentary on Netflix that you actually DO want to see
- try out that barre class you have always wanted to try
- 2 words: airplane mode
- legs up the wall yoga pose (when you only have 5 minutes)
- take a nap… lock the door
- visit that museum that no one else wants to go to
- go to the local farmers’ market
- make a gratitude list
- sketch, draw, paint, whatever fills your soul
- go on a nature walk with that DSLR you bought and only use on your kids
What is your favorite way to take care of you? What will you put on your calendar for THIS weekend?
Your family loves you and wants you to be healthy and happy. I promise. No matter how they treat you on a daily basis. Sometimes the best way that they can take care of you is to support you taking care of yourself. If they don’t get that, have them shoot me a message. I’ll set them straight. 😉 I got you, mama!
Happy Mamas’ Day!
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