Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wellness Wednesday: Self Care
This week our little Bug is off exploring Oma and Opa's house, having a great time and enjoying his cousin and the great outdoors. It offers us the chance to get to some projects that are just too dangerous or involved to handle with a two year old into every little thing. It also gives us the chance to slow down and do some completely selfish things. There are plenty of times that taking a break from taking care of everyone and everything else and being super selfish is the perfect thing to do.
While we work as fast as we can to take the bathroom apart and put it back together again looking better (hopefully) than ever before we also planned some things to reward all the hard work and effort. The number one thing I was looking forward to when I knew we'd be sans child for a week was sleeping in. For real. Not only have I been able to sleep until I naturally get up (which is only about 8 anyway) but then I don't actually have to do anything right away. Shall I lay there and read? meditate? sleep more? SURE! I can do any of those things. Wow, what a difference that makes! In addition I got my hair cut, we scheduled massages on Thursday and a really, really nice dinner (courtesy of a dear friends gift!)
When you care for others all the time, when you are always on the go, when your job is stressful and life is moving fast it is so important to take time and care for yourself. I try to do one "selfish" thing a day. Three extra minutes in bed, a mud mask before going to sleep, a few more lines in my book, deep breathing with the Bug or a little piece of dark chocolate all to myself really can make a difference. It is a time to energize and will let you head back into your day with better attitudes and a renewed sense of purpose. And that benefits everyone.
What simple, small thing could you do this week for yourself?
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