I am going to readily admit I am rubbish at doing enough for me. I obviously tell people to do it as I've been a massage therapist for almost 9 years but I do not practice what I preach. Before children I did I loved getting massages more than anything but once my boys came along it steadily declined. Priorities change and my self care had to change. Now I get a massage maybe every 3 months...eek feel ashamed to admit that! BUT my husband does give me massages as he is also a massage therapist and I massage him too so even though it's not as relaxing as we chat it still counts in my books.
What do I do for self care now I have children? Alone time. For me just having some peace and quiet alone, not cleaning the house, is pure bliss. At the moment Love Island, yes I said it, is my zoning out time where no one can disturb me and I completely shut off and have a laugh. Every 3-4 weeks I get a pedicure which is so lovely and that's one hour of pampering I can do and not have a heart attack over the price. But at the moment my biggest self care hobby is exercise. After our second was born he ruined my body. He was so big, 10.10lbs, and I felt so hungry pregnant and breastfeeding that I just couldn't shift the weight and I put a lot on. When I stopped breastfeeding when he was 15 months old (he is now 22 months old) I finally got my fitness bug back on. I don't go to classes where the kids come along it would just stress me out and defeats the purpose in my eyes. I go for one hour and I completely focus and get my A game on and I LOVE it. It's not selfish. It's what I need.
So find that "thing" that gives you the self care you need. No matter what it is just find that time, consume yourself in it and enjoy it. No matter how small or big, it will give you the time that you need to be the best you can be and when you have small people to look after you need to be at your best.
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