Self-care sanity. Yep, I needed it.


“When Mama ain’t happy, the whole house sings the blues”

Is that true in your home? I admit it can be in mine. When I have one of those days when everything just seems to be going wrong, my instinct is to just cry and go to bed. Well, with a 15 month old, that luxury is gone. I have to put a happy face on and survive the day. Us women have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other priorities in life, self care is an important aspect of stress management as well as overall health. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. It keeps you sane. The other day, my momma treated me to a facial and a massage at Spa Harmony. Totally affordable. Heaven!
Self Care Improves Your Physical Health
While self-pampering doesn’t always lead to major improvements in overall health the way healthy diet and exercise do, the relaxation you get from it can lead your body to feel more relaxed, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health, so in a sense, self-care is good for you inside and out.
Self Care Keeps You Sane
Taking time out to care for yourself can remind you and others that you and your needs are important, too. Having a well-cared-for body can make you feel good about yourself and your life, and conveys to others that you value yourself. It makes you feel good about yourself. This can contribute to long-term feelings of well-being and self worth. Who needs that? Us mommas do!
Self Care Makes You a Better Momma
So many of us feel guilty if we take a time out and focus on ourselves. Bull crap. You deserve it. People who neglect their own needs and forget to nurture themselves are at danger of deeper levels of unhappiness, low self-esteem and feelings of resentment. Also, sometimes people who spend their time only taking care of others can be at risk for getting burned out on all the giving, which makes it more difficult to care for others or themselves. Taking time to care for yourself regularly can make you a better caretaker for others. Our kiddos need us at our best. They deserve it.
This week, make it a goal of yours to take 2 hours for yourself.  There is 168 hours in a week. YOU CAN DO THIS! Schedule a spa session or create your own at home.

  • Take a Bath: Get out the bubbles, oils and scented soaps, and soak until you’re wrinkled.
  • Deep-Condition Your Hair: While you’re in the tub, put on a deep-conditioning treatment for your hair, and let it work as you relax.
  • Deep-Clean Your Pores: With a nice clay masque, you can draw impurities out of your skin and stress out of your system.
  • Care For Your Feet: After you soak your feet to soften calloused skin, use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin, and finish with a rich foot cream, and perhaps polish.
  • Nourish Your Skin: Rich, luxurious creams smell wonderful and feel smooth, especially if you exfoliate your skin in the tub before putting them on.
  • Tend to Your Nails: Correct the beating your nails probably take from your busy life (especially for those of you who bite your nails!) by filing and buffing. A coat of polish on can make you feel like a princess for days afterward.
  • Get a Massage and/or a Facial: I got them both this week and they rocked my world. I feel more like me afterwards. If your budget doesn’t allow for regular massages with a professional, see if you can trade with a friend or your spouse, or use an electronic massager.
  • In addition to pampering yourself, more substantial forms of self care involving healthy lifestyle choices are important, too. Consuming a healthy diet, taking deep breaths, getting regular exercise, and being sure you get enough sleep are all important for long term health and stress management as well.
    Not sure how to jump start your healthy diet? Let me help you. I will take the stress out of grocery shopping and meal planning.
    Happy self-care!


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