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Since I was a child, self-care was never a priority. I did not grow to the age of eighteen knowing every single detail of my body. Because I had ADHD, and abuse that had happened to me in my past (which I will be telling my story on this, in a future blog post); my image, every part of it, was undermined.
Some days I wouldn’t even dare glance at myself in the mirror. Make-up was sometimes a thing; that made me feel a little better.
Having three children by the age of 24 didn’t necessarily make my confidence level go up. I was given my amazing tiger stripes, which I knew I was supposed to be proud of, but I thought my stomach was unattractive before now. (I know, how dare I!?)
At 25, I’ve learned that loving yourself is essential. What they say is true, how can you love someone else when you can’t even love yourself? It has taken me a while to love myself, (my whole 25 years of life) like truly love everything about me.
I may not be loved by all other’s eyes, but as long as I see myself with love, that is all that matters. Everyone else’s opinion gets tossed to the back of my mind. I come first.
Perfection is silly and I would never tell you to try and perfect yourself. Rather, I tell you how much better you will feel if you focused on how you feel about who you’re looking at in the mirror every day.
Who you’re listening to every day inside your mind and out.
This also refers to who you’re surrounding yourself with. Are they positive? Are they lifting your spirits? Do they make you feel better when you’re feeling down? Do they listen to you?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then I suggest keeping those people around and marking off the ones who don’t provide these traits.
Both our mental and physical health are equally important and should be a top priority, even as parents.
Before you read on, please always remember, SELF-CARE is NOT selfish. You are deserving of it, just as anyone else. You deserve that time to yourself, which is considered YOU time.
Examples of Self-Care:
- Eating Healthy
- Drinking Water
- Have a Good Sleep Routine
- Doctor Visits to check up on oneself
- Take a break
- Go for a walk
- Take deep breaths now and then
- Log off Social Media
- Turn off your phone
- Take a Shower or Bath
- Find a Hobby
- Call the Babysitter (take a few hours for yourself)
- Compliment yourself, you deserve it
- Learn to say no (I know it’s hard, but you have to, for you.)
- Go on a trip
- Spend some time outside
- Go Fishing
Why is self-care so important?
It creates a healthy balance for your wellness; including social, emotional, financial, and more. It will truly make a difference, even performing just one of these activities a day.
“I don’t have time…”
Schedule some type of routine you can follow, and make self-care the top of the priority list! Anything to do with further improving your overall health.