Taking care of myself so that I can better take care of those around me has been a habit I’ve worked at cultivating over the last few years. It’s harder with small children but it is more necessary then ever because of those lovely little ones.
Since Kieran was born time alone has been at a premium, this is a wonderfully exhausting season and I wouldn’t have it any either way. But after having postpartum depression after my second daughter, I have been more mindful then ever during this postpartum time.
I came up with this list of super simple, do-able self-care practices one morning after feeling touched out and burnt out from keeping my tiny humans alive. I know some of you can relate even if your days aren’t filled with diaper changes, home schooling and meal making. Some of these are ten minutes, some are longer but all are life-giving to me.
- Drinking a cup of coffee or tea while it’s still piping hot.
- Daily ten minute pilates workout (I dress in leggings most days to make this goal happen).
- Candle lit shower with an essential oil scrub. One of my favourite shower gifts was a homemade sugar scrub, it makes my showers feel more like spa time and the candle hides the toothpaste clumps on the sink.
- Reading before bed-just a few chapters each night makes a huge difference for me even if the day was a doozy.
- Intentional multi-tasking. If I’m driving solo, I always listen to a podcast. If we’re at the library, I flip through current issues of my favourite magazines.
- Fresh flowers on my kitchen table. I add them to our grocery cart all winter long and the girls keep me supplied in bouquets now that the dandelions are out.
- Weekly conversation with a friend. Homeschooling means I am home a lot with my little ones. I love it but I need adult interaction as well. I try to make this happen weekly whether it’s meeting a friend and her kidlets at a library, staying up later to chat on the phone or a book club gathering.
- Saying no. I can be such a people pleaser and an opportunity seizer but this is a slow, quiet season of my life and saying no is almost always the best idea for me.
- An afternoon out. Almost every week I go out for a few hours, by myself, to a coffee shop. I write, people-watch, read blogs and sit in the quiet. It’s one of my favourite times and I’m super grateful for this season where Jared is home more to make this happen.
- Getting outside, this is such an obvious one but days can go by without me being outside for a good length of time. I’m working on changing that with simple garden projects and nature walks with friends.
That’s my list of simple, do-able self care practices. I’d love to hear what makes your list of refreshing practices when life is busy.