With everything changing in front of our eyes and the unknown always lurking it can be a severely stressful time. Our routines are out of whack, kids are running everywhere, work is piling up (or not), and we or may not have showered in the last few days. This is when establishing and sticking to self care at home is especially important.
It can be so easy to lay aside the tweezing of the eyebrows, shaving of the legs, reading of the bible, exercise of the body, and so many other essential self care things. I get it. However, when we do take care of ourselves and stick to a self-care routine we can better take care of those holding down the fort with us.
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BENEFITS OF SELF-CARE
You’ve heard it before if you have ever flown in an airplane, “put your mask on first before helping your neighbor”. Self-care is essentially that. You can appropriately care for others or be your best self if you aren’t taking care of you. When we don’t practice self care at home we aren’t any good out in the world.
Stressors of everyday life affect our bodies in different ways. They can cause headaches, lethargy, sleeplessness, insomnia, stomach issues, and so much more. But when we practice self-care and make it a daily routine it helps us to better cope with those stressors. Self-care also helps us to avoid feeling burned-out by giving us new energy. It helps us to refocus when life seems crazy. Self-care rejuvenates, refreshes, and re energizes. Much like a dead battery being plugged in, we are being recharged when we practice self-care.
SELF CARE AT HOME
If you have never really thought of self care or what it meant (but you hear it everywhere…because really….who’s NOT talking about it), you are not alone. I never really paid too much attention to self-care until I started to feel the burn out effect. You know that feeling when you are pushing so hard to make sure you are doing your best at work, at home, and making sure everyone else is ok and thriving but you are over here in a heap on the floor wondering how much longer you can go on? No? Just me?
If you have been in this position, friend, or you are simply wondering what a self-care routine is, then you are in the right place. A self-care at home routine is simply something you do every single day to care for yourself. This will look different for everyone since we all have different needs. It can be very simple or it can be more in depth. The important thing to remember is it is necessary to living your best life.
THREE AREAS OF A SELF CARE ROUTINE
Self care at home doesn’t have to be difficult but coming up with a routine and what you want to really focus on for your self-care will take a bit of time. There are three areas to focus on when creating your self care routine: physical, spiritual, and mental. It is natural that some of these areas may flow into another area. Both physical and spiritual self-care will help with your mental self-care. Let’s take a closer look at the three areas of a self-care routine.
Physical Self-Care –
Physical self-care is probably exactly what you think it is. It is taking care of your physical body. This one area should have a few sub-areas. Taking care of our physical bodies involve eating good healthy foods, getting our workouts in, and taking care of our personal hygiene. Even if it’s getting a haircut or painting our nails, physical self-care is important in overall wellness.
Spiritual Self-Care –
Spiritual self-care is probably what you think it is as well. Spiritual self-care is taking care of our spirit. This means spending time in the word of God, communicating with him throughout the day, doing a bible study, daily devotionals, finding stillness, and/or worshiping through music or other means. If our spirit is not taken care of then the whole rest of us is thrown off. Take time to be with God.
“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” – Isaiah 58:11
Mental Self-Care –
Mental self-care is probably one of the trickier areas of self-care to nail down however, taking care of yourself mentally is highly important. The good news is when you take care of yourself physically and spiritually, it usually pours into creating wellness for you mentally as well. And don’t forget – it’s important to filter what you allow into your thoughts. Learn how to take every thought captive with Haley over at My One Comfort. To give you some ideas, here’s what I like to focus on for mental self-care: read a good book, watch a movie, draw, journal, go for a walk outside, or send cards to loved ones. You could even do a puzzle! Here are a few of my recommendations:
Puzzles for Adults
Puzzles for Kids
Books for Adults
Books for Kids
Books for Teens
Moves for the Family
SELF CARE FOR THE WORKING MOMMA’S
If you were never a stay-at-home mom I bet you got a recent taste of what it was like to be a stay-at-home working momma! And if not, you are still beyond blessed! Self-care at home is for every single person, but I really want to focus on self-care for mom’s and self-care while working from home because I fit into both of those categories and right now I need me some self-care, sister! You with me?
Self-Care while working from home –
Working from home has become the hot thing as of late for those of us who have companies that stayed open and asked that we work remotely. And if you’re anything like me you don’t exactly have the extra room to throw your monitors, a make-shift desk of sorts, and your files. So….it goes in the bedroom. Wake up – there’s work. Go to sleep – there’s work. Working from home can make it feel like you never leave work. That’s why self-care while working from home is so important.
Here’s what I have done to take care of myself while working from home: 1). I put my desk in a place where I can see the sun and feel it shining on my face. 2). I open the window to hear the birds chirp. 3). I have a yoga mat behind my office chair so I can get a quick workout or two in throughout the day or do some simple stretches. (Set a timer to remind yourself to move!) 4). I walk away from my desk frequently throughout the workday. Whether it be to get food, fill my water, bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, or just to sit in a different room. 5). I get outside and walk or do something to break up the monotony.
Self-Care for moms –
Now, let’s add on top of the whole working from home gig and say you’re a momma too. That adds a whole other level of self-care that is needed. And I just want to say to those of you with young babies at home – I applaud you and remind you: it’s only for a season.
Self-care at home while you’re a working mom can be tricky but I got you, sister. Here are a few things I want you to grasp a hold of: 1). Your kids can (and should) workout with you. Make it fun and get them involved. Even if it’s drawing an obstacle course on the cement with chalk (the ones you see all over social media), get them involved. They will love it. 2). When you are reading a book, have your kids do their reading. Light a candle and make it relaxing. If they can’t read, read a book to them or stick one on Audible! 3). Check out my list of recommendations above – it includes puzzles for kiddo’s too! You do a big one with the big kids and the smaller kids to a smaller one. 4). Take a nature walk! Here is a scavenger hunt for the kids to complete while out and about. 5). Color with your kids. Coloring is great for mental health and it’s fun! Here are some pages to get you started created by the lovely Rachael over at Healing Home.
GETTING STARTED WITH SELF CARE AT HOME
So how does someone get started with a self-care routine at home?Good news, I created a very simple checklist just for you! With other self-care checklists out there they get a little daunting. I don’t want us to overthink this process. This checklist can help you check each thing on the list off daily. If you can’t check them all off then just do the best you can. Do half one day and half the next. The point is – YOU’RE DOING SOMETHING!
Once you sign up to get the list you’re also going to get access to so many other beneficial tools to help you on the journey to complete wellness. You’re going to get workouts, recipes, encouragement, and so much more!
Beyond this checklist I have also listed out all of the above ideas in one space to make it easier down below! Use this in conjunction with the daily checklist or as a stand alone.
SELF CARE AT HOME – YOU’RE WORTH IT
As a momma who happens to be working from home I am very thankful for the time I spend taking care of me. I feel better after I spend time with God in the morning. My productivity increases after a good workout. I have a happier mood when I get some sunshine on my face. And I’m more patient with others when I am fully recharged. I know you will feel the same too, friend, once you set aside time for you.
Shove off that momma-guilt and give yourself a few minutes to plug in. Do it for you and do it for those who look up to you. And guess what?! You’re self-care doesn’t have to end after reading this post! Join the Broken Blessings Tribe today and be part of a community of women who are in this together! We are all about moving from brokenness to wellness and would love to have you. Let’s catch up and get to know one another:
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