What If Your Learned About Self Care When You Were Younger
If I had been introduced to self care when I was younger, I would have been able to better manage my stress levels and emotions. I would have had to unlearn fewer things as I would have already been familiar with the importance of taking care of myself. It would have made life easier as I would have developed healthier habits from a younger age, allowing me to better cope with difficult situations throughout my life.
Self care is a tool that is extremely useful, no matter what age you are. It is not only beneficial for our physical health, but also for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Taking the time to care for ourselves can help us to stay balanced and focused, reducing stress, building resilience and allowing us to better manage our moods and emotions. It can also help us to develop a positive outlook on life and to have a healthier relationship with ourselves and those around us.
As I enter my mid 20's I am prioritizing my self care. I understand how important it is to practice self care and I want to model that behavior for my students and future children. Some of the self care tips I have been incorporating into my life are setting aside time for myself, taking breaks throughout the day, exercising regularly, eating healthy meals, and getting enough sleep. I also try to stay mindful and be present in the moment, and to take time to do things that bring me joy.
These simple steps have helped me to create healthier habits and to better manage my stress levels. Additionally, I have been making an effort to practice self-compassion and to be kind to myself. I am trying to let go of perfectionism and to accept that it is okay to make mistakes. I am also learning to be more accepting of my emotions and to not judge myself for feeling a certain way.
Here are 3 Mommy and Me Self Care ideas to do with your little one.
- Go for a walk: schedule out some time to go for a walk together. Moving our body allows energy to flow through us, activating our bodily systems and allowing us to function optimally. Additionally, our brains generate hormones like serotonin and dopamine that make us feel good.
- Schedule down time: you or your child may have a very busy schedule where it seems like you're always on the go. Set aside a specific time each day for you to have a conversation and catch up. This can be during dinner, before bedtime, or any other time that works for our family. Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings openly, without fear of judgment.
- Schedule a spa day: Scheduled a spa day for you and your mini me whether you go to a salon or do it at home. A spa day at home can be as enjoyable as it is at a spa studio. During this time talk to them about hygiene. Discuss how to care for your hair, your skin, and even talk about menstrual hygiene if they're old enough. Check out our Rose Marie Collection to help you get started.
Incorporating these changes may help you become better at handling the challenges of parenting with more grace and patience.