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Self-Care: Why Taking Time for Yourself is Essential for Your Wellbeing

Hey Mama!


How are you? No, really how are you physically, emotionally, and mentally? Are you checking in with yourself? If you haven’t checked in this week, I want you to take a moment and ask yourself these following questions:


Physical Health:

1. How am I feeling physically today?

2. Have I been prioritizing good sleep habits?

3. Have I been getting enough exercise and maintaining healthy eating habits?


Emotional Health:

1. How am I feeling emotionally today?

2. Have I been practicing self-compassion and offering myself kindness and understanding during difficult moments?

3. Have I engaged in activities that bring me joy and fulfillment, or have I been neglecting my emotional needs?


Mental Health:

1. How am I feeling mentally today? Am I feeling clear-headed and focused?

2. Have I felt overwhelmed or stressed recently? If so, what may be contributing to these feelings?

3. Have I been practicing mindfulness?

4. Have I been prioritizing self-care and setting aside time for activities that nourish my mind?


Checking in with yourself regularly provides insight into your overall well-being while identifying areas you may need to improve. When asking yourself all these questions what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you said self-care, you’re right on target! Last week's article discussed Setting Effective Self-Care Goals. This week I am going to address the benefits of having a self-care routine. So, Let's talk about the critical importance of self-care.



Mama, as we navigate the challenges of raising our children, it's easy to prioritize their needs over our own. However, neglecting self-care can lead to exhaustion, stress, anxiety, and even burnout. I've experienced firsthand the consequences of neglecting self-care. For a long time, I pretended to be okay, but it eventually caught up with me, leading to unhealthy habits. When I returned to the workforce in 2018, I committed to set aside one day a week for self-care, and it made a world of difference in my parenting and overall well-being. Though my self-care routine has slipped since my move to North Carolina, I'm actively working on reintegrating it into my daily life.



Self-care isn't just about indulging in manicures, pedicures, and or shopping, it's about cultivating a healthier lifestyle. Engaging in self-care practices can reduce stress, improve sleep, boost energy levels, and foster a sense of achievement. It's not only beneficial for our mental, physical, and emotional health but also sets a powerful example for our children about the importance of self-nurturing. By prioritizing our well-being, we're not only taking care of ourselves but also setting the stage for a happier and healthier family life. So, mama, let's acknowledge the significance of self-care and commit to making it an integral part of our daily routines. Here's to embracing self-care and reaping the countless benefits it brings. As always mama I’m rooting for you, and I hope you join me next week to discuss self-care tips for the working moms!

 

With Love,

 

Devon


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