You have to take good care of yourself first if you want to take good care of those others – all of us here know that right?
And yet, we parents are the worst offenders when it comes to breaking this basic, fairly intuitive rule.
A couple of weeks ago I was at my breaking point. Within the past few months I have graduated from college, lost my grandmother, remodeled our kitchen and moved my mother-in-law in with us due to health issues, all while raising 3 energetic boys (who are great kids, but can bicker, brawl and in general drive me up the wall like any normal kids) and working as a freelance writer.
No big deal… most parents have a few balls in the air at any given time as we juggle whatever life throws at us, right?
Here’s the thing though. While I did get all these things done, I was noticing that I was starting to lack in terms of patience and the starting to reel from feelings of utter exhaustion and depletion.
At first, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling the way I was. Then it hit me. I had spent zero time on myself for months on end.
Knowing that we need to take care of ourselves as an abstract concept is one thing. Being able to actually fit that in our tight schedules is quite another.
So I decided to sit down and make a list of all the different ways we busy parents can fit self-care into our schedules (it’s a good thing I’m a writer and can kill two birds with one stone :)) What I ended up is with this monster list of 100 different self-care ideas.
Take a look. I’m sure there are a few you can work into your life no matter how busy it is at the moment.
OK, here we go: