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I'm working my way through Crystal Paine's new course, Makeover Your Evenings- 14 days of videos, reading, and projects designed to bring more order, rest, and productivity into your life. If you'd like to grab the course and work through it right along with me, you can do so here. Each weekday night I'll be posting my takeaway from the day's coursework. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and how you are making over your own evenings!
It's been said a lot already; but mamas need to take care of themselves so that they have the wherewithal to care for their families. In Day 10 of Make Over Your Evenings, Crystal encourages us to do just that. To rest and refuel our own bodies so that we can meet the needs of others.
I definitely take care of myself to a degree. "Me time" is guarded, sometimes too zealously, I have to admit. I almost never use my children's nap/quiet time for housework. Instead I might have a snack, take a power nap, read, and most days, work on this blog.
While I naturally look out for my own interests, sometimes my self-care is more harmful than beneficial. For example, in child-free moments I'm quick to reach for chocolate or a bag of potato chips. Tasty at the time they may be, but these choices are doing little to sustain my long-term health, energy, and well-being. I'd be better off sticking with fresh fruit and veggies!
I'm also more likely to plop on the couch with a book than I am to take it onto the treadmill. And I stay up way later than I should, glutting myself on as much kid free time as possible instead of resting properly so that I have the energy to give them my best in the morning.
Looks my "self-care" isn't proper care at all. This is definitely an issue!
Today's "homework" is to pick one area of self-care to improve in, and then come up with one small change you could make to progress in it. For me, fueling my body with better food choices is at the top of my list. The small change I'd like to make is to eat a large salad each day at lunch. Even if I stay away from the worst foods, I often fall short of the helpful 5 servings a day suggestion. I like salads, so this shouldn't be to taxiing on my will power ;).
What area of self-care do you most need to improve in? And what's one small change you'd like to make in that area?