As parents, we give so much of ourselves to our children without question. It’s instinctual. They become our new purpose in life, and our focus takes a different direction. Where we once spent frequent trips to the salon and nights out on the town, play dates and last minute grocery runs have become the new norm. But we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? Still, the struggle to find balance is always real.
My little one is the light of my life, and any moment spent together with my family is precious to me. But, in between the joys of motherhood, I find myself longing for a bit of self-care and a moment to unwind. At-home spa nights are a go-to for me. If I can find the time, just soaking my feet in a foot bath and putting on a face mask is a treat. Of course, Little One looks at me like I’ve lost it, as I smile and talk to him with green paste all over my face, but my skin thanks me for FINALLY showing it a small fragment of attention.
I finally took a relaxing hot Epsom salt bath for the first time in FOREVER the other evening, and it did the body wonders. These moments to myself are far and few between, as I’m sure any parent can understand.
But self-care isn’t always just about spa nights and painting your toes.
One thought I’ve pondered a lot lately is, “how do we keep it all together, and still manage to take care of another living being… when at times it feels as though we barely take care of ourselves?!” Been there? It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. But no one can give from an empty vessel, as I’ve learned myself. The moments where I feel like I’m at my wits end are usually the moments where even just 5 minutes to myself would make a world of difference.
So, I want to set a new goal to try to meditate and direct my thoughts in a positive direction when life feels overwhelming. Challenging, I know. But mental health is just as important as physical. Balancing stress is never easy, but it makes me a better person, not only for myself, but for my family.
The point is, make time for you, when you can. Not just for your physical body, but for your mind. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Taking care of our children and our families is essential, but we can’t forget to take care of ourselves.