September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. And no one deserves more rest and relaxation than YOU! This is a month that reminds us to make some time for ourselves so that we can reset. The lingering pandemic has made things more emotionally draining thus making self-care even more important now more than ever.
Being a caregiver is a tough job, and moms do it every single day. From caring for our children to caring for our spouses and loved ones, we do it all. We’re natural caretakers. We often put the needs of others before our own, and sometimes, some of us are pouring from an empty cup.
“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” – Diana, Princess of Wales
Self-care is essential in helping us to refocus on what’s important so we can give our best to the people we love the most.
“Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you.”
Here are some simple ways to practice self-care this month
1. Schedule a “moms day off” and be intentional about enjoying yourself
This can be as simple as doing nothing, going for a walk, sitting on the patio enjoying a cup of coffee, or simply watching a movie.
2. Focus on your progress
We all have goals that we’d like to accomplish, but sometimes it doesn’t happen within our timeline. So why not focus on the progress you’ve made?
3. Be good to yourself
No one is perfect no matter what Facebook tries to tell us. Write down a few self-affirmations and say them to yourself the next time you walk past a mirror in your house.
4. Take care of your body
Exercise a few minutes per day, whether that’s dancing, going to the gym or taking that walk.
If you want daily self-care ideas, here is a sample calendar of activities for each day this month.
“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
– Oprah Winfrey