Most frequently, I receive a lot of interest in how to add self – care into daily routines. Self – care can be very challenging to add into your schedule. It is not a privilege, it is a right. Self – care has very positive effects on your physical health, your mental health, and your relationships. It is important! You are important!
In your day, you are purposeful about feeding your children, right? You never forget to feed your child. Maybe lunch is delayed because you were working on something and then all of the sudden realized it is 11:30! No wonder why your children were getting cranky. It happens to the best of us. No judgment….I may have done this a time or two. But you ultimately feed them, right?
As moms, we are intentional about everything we do for our children. We put a lot of thought into what they wear, what they eat, and what they are playing with. We mom on purpose from a place of love.
What if you put them same love, that same intention into you?
You would never forget to care for yourself – FACT!
If you are intentional and make sure you commit to self – care on purpose as you do for your children, you will absolutely do this every day.
It is not selfish. It is a right.
Now, self – care will look different for everyone. It really depends on your values and what you need. Answer the question – What do you love?
Once you have determined what you love, then you need to determine and be intentional about when this takes place.
For example, it is important for me (in terms of self – care), I want to eat well, I love to drink coffee every moment in the quiet, I enjoy meditation/exercise, and it is important for me to get ready (make up, hair, and clothes). Doing these things are simple, but I feel much better.
Before you say, yes this sounds good, but I do not have time….
Let’s talk about priorities not time. You will complete what you make a priority. You will. We already talked about it when we discussed our children.
How did I prioritize myself?
Before I really started prioritizing myself, I would wake up early. BUT I would get distracted with the news, with something on my phone, or I would get lost getting things done. This did not give me energy or help me prioritize myself.
So, I decided to be more intentional with my schedule. I got up at the same time. BUT I used my time differently. I made a trade that was worth trading. Instead of watching TV or looking through my phone, I was intentional. I got up meditated, exercised, and drank my coffee in silence. Same time to get ready, BUT these things gave me energy. I was more productive. I was happier. I am happier.
Intentional Living Tip: I want you to be more intentional about your time and prioritize you. If you find yourself saying, I do not have TIME. Then spend a couple of days, tracking how you are spending your time and how you feel during those activities. If the activity does not serve you, then substitute it for something that does give you energy.
If you still need a little support, join the Facebook Group – Home Intentionally. It is a great group of individuals looking for support and tips on how to live more intentionally to live the life you have always dreamed of.