I regularly got manicures and pedicures. I cut my hair every 6 weeks or so without fail. I slept in. I didn’t struggle to fit a workout into my schedule. I played in adult sports leagues and dropped-in to yoga classes. I napped. I read books for pleasure. I spent time with friends. In other words I practiced self-care on a daily basis.
As I look back on that time, I don’t think I appreciated the time I devoted to each of these activities as I do today; when I can squeeze them in between potty-training, meals, cleaning the house, taking care of the yard, servicing the car, activity drop-off/pick-up and spending quality time with my family.
These activities no longer feel like regular activities but luxury items due to the overwhelming number of things in this stage of life that…
- must happen
- feel more important
However, I recognize that when I give back to myself (even just for a few minutes) I am a better Mamma, wife, friend, daughter, sister, coach, and person. I am more productive. I experience more joy. I notice the little things more. I am able to engage fully and be present. How does a little self-care make you a better you?
So today, I challenge you to dig a little deeper into the things that ‘must happen’. Let’s see if we can’t decrease the time it takes us to complete the must-do list and immediately assign it to self-care.
The Must-Do List Challenge…
The must-do list can be incredibly long and often centres around our family and home. It is the pieces like providing meals, laundry, cleaning etc. For each of us our must-do list is different. Today, I challenge you to…
- Write down all your ‘must-do’ items on a piece of paper (or draw little pictures).
- Look at each item individually and determine how you could make it easier (i.e. a detailed weekly meal plan has saved me a lot of time with meal preparation and cut down on my grocery store trips).
- Now integrate one of those timesavers into your routine today.
- How much time did you save? Earmark those minutes for self-care (and plan out how you are going to use them right now)!
Watch out! Later this week I will share a challenge post to explore the concept of "feels more important".