One thing that I have learned is that I need to take better care of myself. My self-care as a mother is just as important as the care that I give to everybody else. If I don’t take care of myself then how can I take care of everybody else? This was a long and hard lesson for me to learn! In the past I have always put everybody’s needs first. In the end, I was the one who needed to be taken care of because I let my own health slide. I have since learned that I need to take care of myself as well as my loved ones.
Some days it’s as simple as reading for a little while or working on a craft just for myself. Other days I find I need to take a nap because I didn’t get enough sleep, hubby is on duty at the fire station and I still need to take care of the kids the rest of the day after school. Some days I will head to Church and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Some days are so crazy though that I’m happy if I can at least get five minutes of quiet in the bathroom by myself!
Well, today was a self-care day with friends. I was invited by another mom to join her at a Mom’s Day Out event sponsored by a local Church. There ended up being four of us who went. The event was for mothers of special needs children. This was also the first day back to school for Thing 1 and Thing 2 following the Christmas Break. I have a blanket order to fill. The reasons were mounting as to why I should not go. But go I did!
Thing 1 ended up staying home today because he is getting over a virus but hubby is home too today and he stayed with Thing 1 so that I could go to my Mom’s Day Out. He understands that self-care and mom-friends are something that I need in my life so he helped to make today happen and took care of Thing 1 for me while Thing 2 was in school.
It was awesome!
The Church had a number of activities to choose from. I chose the restorative yoga, craft, paraffin wax treatment, hand massage and manicure. There was a wonderful lunch and a beverage bar with hot chocolate and all of the toppings. The rooms where the activities were held were decorated with a lot of neutral and relaxing colors, dimmed lighting in some of the rooms, natural table centerpieces. candles and infusers. Even the bathroom was decorated with very calming decor, dimmed overhead lights and small decorative lights. I had such a relaxing time between the ambiance, activities and the socializing!
The craft we made was a Joy Jar. You are supposed to write down things throughout the year that you are grateful for and put them in your Joy Jar. You can look them over at the end of the year or when you are having a particularly difficult day. When you read each of your thought cards you can see how God has touched your life and see all of the good things that He has put there!
At the end of the day we left with peaceful, restful feelings, leftovers from lunch and good friendships along with our Joy Jars and bibles.
While I don’t always get a full day too do things like this, I try to do a little self-care everyday, even if it’s just a few minutes a couple of times a day!
What kind of self-care do you practice?