MAKING SELF-CARE A PRIORITY

If you have been following me for any amount of time, you know how important I think self-care is to women and especially to women who have children. I have talked about it before on the blog and talk about it quite a bit on my Instagram feed but I think the self-care lines can be blurry for people who are not used to it.

It’s important to know that self-care is not a bad thing. At all. Whether you’re a new parent, working at a stressful job, or in a difficult situation, it’s really easy to hit a wall. And even when you’re not in a difficult or new situation, I still truly believe it’s vital to take necessary steps in ensuring you take care of yourself in the best way you know how. There is an immense amount of truth in the saying “you can’t pour from an empty cup”.

If all you’re doing throughout the day is exhaling, meaning taking care and serving everyone else’s needs, who’s taking care of you? There’s a reason pilots tell you to put on your mask first and then help others in the event of a tragedy. You can’t help anyone if you’re not inhaling (taking time for yourself, filling your cup up, breathing deeply in peace, etc.).

For me, self-care is not getting my hair done or going to the grocery store by myself. Yes, those are nice things but they aren’t making my soul sing. They’re just giving me some much needed life in my hair or food in my pantry! Below I listed a few of my favorite simple ways to highlight self-care.

  • Light your favorite candle and take a bath
  • Go for a walk run
  • Try a new workout class
  • Grab a cup of coffee with a friend
  • Read a new (or old) book
  • Go outside and get some fresh air
  • Grab a journal and start writing down all the things your grateful for
  • Turn the music up and dance it out in the kitchen. With a glass of wine!
  • Put down your phone (or at least stop scrolling)
  • Plan a trip you’d like to go on someday
  • Treat yourself to something new
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Write out goals for yourself
  • Make a new recipe
  • Go through a closet and get rid of things (I always feel so much better when I declutter a corner of my house)
  • Print some new pictures that have been living on your computer for too long
  • Try a new hobby
    • The thing about this one is I’ve heard people say they aren’t “good at hobbies” or they don’t know what to do. There’s a million hobbies out there so I’m not buying that first excuse. You’re not going to know what your new hobby will be or what you will love until you try a few! You’re first new thing you pick up will probably not be the one you love (or maybe it will!) but eventually you will find it.
  • Visit an antique store or farmers market

What are your favorite methods of self care? Anything you love to do when you’re having a difficult day? I’d love to hear it in the comments. I’m working on bringing more wellness related content into this space since I don’t think it’s talked about nearly enough and I’d love to hear what you want to read more about!

30 Comments

  1. Sharon
    April 11, 2018 / 7:31 am

    With grandkids coming to the farm these are great ideas! Thank you.

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      You’re welcome, enjoy the time with your grandkids!

  2. April 11, 2018 / 8:40 am

    Doing my makeup – really sitting down and playing with a new technique – is my best form of self-care. But when I need something quick two sugar free chocolates and 30 mins of TV does the trick during nap time πŸ˜‰

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      I love this idea with trying out new makeup techniques!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:30 pm

      Yes yes yes, I totally agree. xo

  3. April 11, 2018 / 9:23 am

    I NEED to be more mindful of this. I am currently having these issues.

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      I used to too. It’s so important to focus on you though.

  4. April 11, 2018 / 9:46 am

    These are all great ideas. I know I like to settle in with a book book – that’s self-care to me. πŸ™‚ And I think a lot of people equate hobbies with something expensive or really active, and that doesn’t have to be the case at all.

    -Lauren

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Yes, I agree it doesn’t need to be pricey just something you enjoy!

  5. April 11, 2018 / 11:23 am

    My problem is I have SO many hobbies I like, I don’t have time to do them all, so I end up doing none of them :/

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Schedule time! Make it happen! It’s better to have too many hobbies than zero!

  6. April 11, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I loved your list of ideas. Self-care is so important, yet so many people seem to neglect it.

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:29 pm

      Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed the ideas! Hopefully you can take on or two away for yourself!

  7. April 11, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    my favorite activity is taking myself on a little ‘date’…. usually getting in a workout, going to a book store, and eating somethang healthy!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      That’s definitely my favorite thing too! Coffee and browsing bookstores is my love language!

  8. April 11, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    I needed this reminder about self-care. I need to do more of this, and I’ll be brainstorming off of your list, thank you!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!

  9. April 11, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Love these examples of self care. It’s nice to have a reminder that there are simple things we can do for self care even when we have just a small amount of time. Thanks for sharing!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:27 pm

      You’re most welcome <3

  10. April 11, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    Much as I love these ideas, and do some of them quite frequently, (like printing photos and getting outside) I find that nothing truly fills my cup as much as fulfilling my role as a mother and wife. That is where I find my sense of purpose in life. It just makes me feel so alive and so happy!
    I do practice selfcare, but not to fill me cup, more to give myself some r&r. πŸ˜‰

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      R&R is always a necessity too!

  11. April 11, 2018 / 9:43 pm

    Such a great reminder for me tonight. Thank you!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚

  12. April 11, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Our little guy turns six months next week. I need to work on this big time for myself!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      Absolutely girl!

  13. April 12, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    Especially as moms, we should take time for ourselves. We need that time to unwind after a long day or week.

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

  14. April 12, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    This is so hard to do, especially as a new mom! Thanks for the inspiration, there’s a few things on your list I’m definitely going to do!

    • erin
      Author
      April 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      You’re so welcome! I hope it works for you!

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