I recently wrote a guest post for One Blog, One Day At A Time about self care and the tricks I’ve learned the past few months! Here’s my post:
As a mother, I always seem to be at the bottom of my list. It always goes the boys, my husband, and then me. And if friends or family are in need they to come before my own needs. This, however, needs to change. I’m learning the importance of self-care and self-love. I didn’t know where to start or what to do when I first figured this out. Which meant, I did a lot of research and found so many different articles and tips. So here are a few things I’ve learned through my research and journey.
Be your own best friend.
Pretend you are your own best friend for a moment, what would you say? If you’re going through a hard time or just being too hard on yourself take a step back and talk to yourself like you would your best friend. Boost yourself up, tell yourself all those cliché quotes, etc. In other words; be your own cheerleader.
Know your worth.
It’s important to know your worth to maintain positive feelings and boost your self-esteem and confidence. This is also important because it reminds you that YOU ARE important. Everyone needs that reminder occasionally, to bring you back to being your own best friend. Sometimes you must forget what you feel and remember what you deserve. You deserve the best from yourself.
Keep track of the little wins.
Did you have exact change to pay for your coffee today? Did your child say I love you for the first time or pick up their toys without being asked? Did your sports team win? Did you talk to your best friend on the phone today? These are little things that you should keep track of throughout the day and pull on when you need it the most.
Self-Care isn’t a one-time thing.
If you do something for yourself to promote self-care or self-love you will feel great, however, it won’t last forever. You need to continue those little self-care/self-love habits throughout your life. You may need to adjust the things you’re doing as you go through the ups and downs of life, you may need to work harder at it sometimes than other times, you may need to do it more than once a day sometimes and only once a week other times and that’s okay. Life is all about the journey and no ones is the same.