We often talk about self-care, as moms, in a general sense. When you’re a new parent it’s, “Sleep when the baby sleeps!” When your child is a bit older it’s, “Make sure to have date nights!” When your kids start school and you become wrapped up in their routines–the homework, the extra-curricular activities, even making dinners and lunches–self-care is relegated to post-bedtime Netflix watching with a glass of wine or tea.
Does your self-care bucket feel full, fellow moms? I’m going to hazard a guess that it doesn’t. That’s mostly due to the fact that my own bucket doesn’t feel full, after months of a similar way of living. We have to do better for ourselves. For our sanity.
If you happen to be the type of human who feels that raising your children is what fills you up, I’m not here to judge. You do you and feel free to move on. For the rest of you, though, I’m here to issue a challenge as the summer months approach: take time for you. Identify what you need to feel refreshed and rejuvenated this summer, so that you’re not pulling your hair out by September already.
I’m not issuing this challenge because I’ve mastered self-care. On the contrary; my commitment to self-care is miserable. I’m writing this for me as much as anyone else. Here is what I plan to do, in order to make this whole self-care thing happen for me:
I’ll be the first person to admit this isn’t a perfect plan. It is, however, a plan that is the beginning of making myself more of a priority than I have been in years. If you’d like to join me, I challenge you to share your commitment here in the comments, and we can take this trip together.