When you become a parent it’s a fairly established fact that you fall right to the bottom of the pecking order when it comes daily care and attention. You’re suddenly responsible for a whole other person (and more, if you go on to have other children) and you always think of their needs first. It’s only natural, after all, when they’re very young they rely on you for everything. Once you’ve met your child’s day to day needs you continue down the list; partner, boss, friends, family, pets, not to mention all the household chores that need to be done. But do you ever stop to think about your needs?
I’m sure you’re all aware of the safety message on planes where they tell you, in the case of an emergency, to apply your own face mask first before helping others. As a parent your initial instinct would be to apply your child’s first but if you did that you may pass out and be no further use to your child right when they need you most. It’s an extreme example but one to keep in mind when you are rushing around after everyone else and wearing yourself out. Sooner or later, if you don’t take care of yourself too, you’re going to crash and burn.
“Taking good care of you, means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.” – Carl Bryan
That’s what this series is all about. We’re all busy and we all have a tendency to put everyone else first, but it’s so important to take time to look after yourself as well. I’m not saying you need to be selfish and put yourself first all the time, just take 5-10 minutes out of your day to check-in with yourself, listen to your body, what is it telling you?
Over the course of the next 26 weeks I am going to walk you through a number of small steps you can take and easily fit into your busy schedule that will help you take better care of yourself so that you can keep all those balls you’re juggling in the air.
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Ask for Help
No-one can do it all alone, take some of the pressure off and ask for help wherever you need it. See The Importance of Asking for Help and 16 Quotes about Asking for Help which includes a FREE printable of all quotes.
How often do you really take the time to breathe? Our lifestyles have us all rushing around and breathing has become shallow, leaving us stressed and anxious. Find out how taking a moment to breathe can affect your whole body and how to easily incorporate it into your daily life in Take a Moment to Breathe and 21 Quotes About The Power of Breathing Deeply which again includes FREE printables of all quotes.
Making time for creative activities has so many benefits and is great for helping with self-care. No matter what ‘talents’ you have, or time constraints, there will be something creative you can do. Read Get Creative for some ideas to get you started and 23 Awesome Creativity Quotes for some inspiration.
We all have so many things we are trying to juggle and keep track of our minds are becoming seriously overloaded, and that’s when we start to forget things. Read Declutter Your Mind for some great ways to help you clear that mental clutter and get back on top form and 19 Quotes to Help Declutter Your Mind for some extra inspiration.
We all know that exercise is good for us and we ‘should’ be doing it but fitting it in around the kids can be hard (and boring). Read Exercise Without Exercising to find out how you can get the blood pumping on a daily basis while also spending more time with the kids having fun.
Holding on to resentment and anger hurts no-one but ourselves and we need to learn to forgive others and ourselves. Read The Art of Forgiveness to find out the effect resentment has on us and how we can start the process of forgiving and moving forward. I also have 23 Quotes About Forgiveness to get you on the right path.
No matter how hard life gets, we always have something to be grateful for. Focusing on these moments rather than the negative ones can completely alter your perspective. Read The Power of Gratitude to find out more and print out the Gratitude Diary page to give it a go yourself. You can also read these great 21 Gratitude Quotes for inspiration.
When you’re spending your days running round after other people and seeing to their happiness, it’s important to remember that your happiness counts too. We should all try to set aside some time each day to do something for no other reason than because it makes us happy. Read Make More Time For The Things That Make You Happy for more information.