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Time for Self Care

Updated on December 28, 2019
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Dominique is a mother of 3. She has been married to her university sweetheart. Married for 10 years. She has ADHD, which was diagnosed at 12


Self Care

For a long time, I didn't spend much time on self care. For a long time, I've been a stay at home mom. So I just spent my time taking care of my family. And spent so much time just focusing on them.

However, over the last year, I realized that it wasn't the best thing for me. That I needed to think of myself as well. I realized that I could do a better job, if I also took myself into consideration. If I took time for myself.

Over the last year, I have discovered the benefits of self care, of taking time for myself. I find that I am calmer, I am more aware of my emotions, and that I am a little more productive, just to name a few things. There are articles out there that discuss the benefits of self care. And I can see the results in myself, and I'm sure others do too.

Now, I'm not saying that I spend hours on myself each day. That's not always realistic or possible. However, I find that sometimes just taking a few minutes to just breathe and focus on myself can be beneficial. Sometimes, that's all I need. Taking time for a nice shower is helpful. There are so many ways that I, or anyone for that matter, can do to take care of themselves and will only take a couple of minutes.

I know it's difficult for so many to think about self care, as life can just be so busy. Between work, commute, chores, kids, and such, I know it's not always easy to think about it or even find time. And I completely get it. Life can be crazy busy and it doesn't always seem as though it's going to slow down.

However, I feel that finding even just a minute or two can be possible. Like finding a minute or two to breathe, after parking your car and before going into the office. This is just one example of something someone could do for self care. There are so many ways.

The whole point of self care is taking care of ourselves. At the end of the day, we're just as important as our kids, our spouse, the things that need to be done at work, or at home, or whatever else that needs to be taken care of. We're just as important.

I saw a meme recently, which does apply to this situation. A drawing of a battery with red up to 10%. Next to it, there is a girl with red up to 10%

We wouldn't let the battery of our phones to go down to 10%. So, we shouldn't do the same about ourselves. We shouldn't let our levels of energy go down that low. If you've seen the meme, then you know what I'm talking about. This is just the point that it's trying to make. And I'm sure that you can imagine what it looked like.

So take time to think about how self care can really be beneficial. I feel that we could all use some time to take a moment to take care of ourselves. No matter how short it might be, or how often, it can be quite useful. And you don't have to spend any money to take care of yourself. You could simply take a bath while reading a good book that you have at home. It could be as simple as that.

Take time for yourself. You are just as important as everyone and everything else.


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