Taking time for ourselves may feel counter-productive...
Many of my readers here, as well as in my FB group (Creation's Bounty) tend to be self-sufficient, hard-working, do-everything kind of folks. This often equates to crazy-busy schedules and we rarely take time to pamper ourselves...
I used the word, "pamper"... anyone laughing hysterically yet?
While we SHOULD take some time for ourselves just because we need it, sometimes our sense of duty doesn't allow for that. We have things to do and people relying on us! Who has time for frivolous anything?? I am not talking week-long spa sessions... but simple "for us" moments throughout the day, to focus on our own health and goals.
Taking care of ourselves leaves us better equipped to care for others, at home or out and about. Our better health affects those around us positively. Did you read that? Taking time to focus on your health will benefit you as well as those around you.
Don't feel guilty for taking some time for YOU each day - even if only for a few minutes here and there.
Are you eating healthy? Taking a few minutes to plan your meals and snacks can keep you on track! Providing the right fuel for your body will give you sustained energy, promote a trim body, and keep your mood even and... pleasant. It may come as a surprise, but I am not pleasant if I am not eating healthy. (Trim Healthy Mama has been a life-saver for me!)
Are you exercising? I don't mean "killing yourself", I mean simple, short bursts of exercise. This is healthy, natural and better for you than prolonged, strenuous, unnatural work-outs. (We will be talking more about this in the coming weeks.)
How are you caring for yourself today?
Precision-run households may find my title, "RunAmok Mama" to feel a tad alarming, so I'd like to offer a quick assurance that my life is more an exercise of controlled chaos than sheer pandemonium!