Everyone needs to take part in Self Care. It is a necessity for everyone to take of themselves in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness. This include both physical and mental health.
Self Care involves an individual to take responsibility of themselves. Making daily choices about their lifestyle, such as brushing their teeth, eating healthily or choosing to do exercise.
From day one of being a Mummy you will have made a quick and early lesson in the importance of making time for myself. This is a serious issue because as Mums if we don’t look after ourselves we seriously can’t give our children and families what they need.
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Self Care Is Not Selfish!
Think about a glass, about half full, and imagine every time you do something for yourself (self care) the level increases. But every time you give of yourself to your children, partner, family – the level decreases. You don’t want an empty glass – that means you will not only have nothing to give to yourself, but also nothing to give your family.
An Empty Glass…
Those days where you feel down – physically and emotionally, might identify an empty glass. It might mean being run down and more likely to become ill. The empty glass could mean different things to all of us. For me it means the days I feel like I can’t cope, where I feel as though I have no energy to do my daily tasks or where I don’t put thought into what I eat and drink. I end up eating crappy foods that give me the instant sugar hits I crave.
When the glass is pouring out, consistently putting everyone else’s needs before our own, this puts us at risk of not being able to cope with what life throws at us.
Preventing This Is Better Than Cure
Here are some ideas that work for me to make sure my cup stays full enough for both myself and my family. Sometimes just knowing that you spent 5-10 minutes daily on yourself, regardless of what you actually did, is enough to keep that glass full.
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