Do you forget to take care of yourself?
I know, it’s hard. I’ve been there. There are so many things going on in your life. So many stressors, right? For many of us, it’s REALLY hard to find the balance - and this is especially true if there is a new baby (or any children!) in the house.
So often we going through the day just trying to survive - juggling multiple plates in the air. Perhaps the deadlines and demanding boss keep you up at night. Or you’re so tired and end up arguing with your partner so much that you can’t concentrate at work. Or you’re exhausted by family drama – your parents, your siblings, your children? Or maybe it’s a bit of everything and you just have NO time for anything else. The plates are all in the air - they’re spinning, you’re spinning - and before you know it everything is crashing to the ground in pieces.
Life can be really amazing, but it can also really wear you down. This is why setting time aside and taking care of you is so important.
Self-care doesn’t have to be extravagant and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It can be as simple (and cheap) as taking a bubble bath at night, putting down the laundry and reading a book instead, learning to say “no” on occasion, or starting a 5 minute mindfulness practice each night.
With that in mind, I want to encourage – to challenge – you to join me in engaging in self-care. The challenge is completely self-driven. Each day, you’ll use the guide to choose just 1 way to take care of yourself. On the ideas list, you'll note there are lots of small changes you can make today - and some bigger ones to plan for the future. Track your progress with the calendar pages and note how you feel at the end of each week. It's that easy - and I promise you will feel better at the end of the challenge!
It’s designed to be a 21-day program, but it’s completely up to you how long you participate. This shouldn’t be something else you “have” to do, but more something that makes you feel good – even better – about yourself. If you fall off the wagon or miss a day, give yourself some grace and hop back on the next day. I’ll be right there beside you!
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Take care of yourself Mama - you deserve it!
Jennifer Howard is a Licensed Therapist, Certified Life Coach and Infant Sleep Expert. Having experienced sleep deprivation and postpartum depression herself, she became passionate about helping new moms and their partners find their footing and thrive in motherhood. When not working with clients, blogging or chatting with moms in the Mommy-SOS Sisterhood, she can be found painting, doing yoga and chasing her two crazy kiddos around.
Jennifer Howard, CLC, CHBE
As a maternal mental health and pediatric sleep expert, I am passionate about helping tired mamas thrive throughout the many seasons of motherhood. I'm a Nationally Certified Professional Life Coach and Masters Level Therapist specializing in parental mental wellness, marriage/partnership strength and pediatric sleep and soothing.
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