I had an "a ha" moment the other day while I was getting ready. A lot of my good thoughts or ideas come while I am in the shower, or I am mindlessly doing my make-up and hair.
As a side note ladies. Listening to an audio book while getting ready is a great way to fly through a couple of books a month.
It has been a weird week for me. My husband has started a new job and doing a lot of traveling, so it is just me and my little. We are still adapting to this whole kindergarten thing and getting back into a routine of volunteer meetings and Jujitsu classes at night. Needless to say getting ready is not at the forefront of my mind everyday and gym clothes all day have sadly become a norm this last week.
I am a bit of girly girl. I like cute clothes, jewelry, accessories, and most definitely a cute pair of shoes. Now don't get me wrong I can get down and dirty with the best of them, but I will probably look cute while I do it ;)
I was at a baby shower last weekend and this is what stimulated my a ha moment. At the shower one piece of advice that was given was as a new mom take care of yourself. Get in the shower and take some naps while baby is sleeping. Don't worry how crazy the house looks. I remember being a new mom and I wanted everything to be perfect. A week after I had my son my body was like hold it sista, you are way overdoing it. Since I wasn't chilling out, my body forced me to and I had a horrible case of mastitis and could barely function. I don't remember a time before that, that I had been so sick.
Our bodies are strong, capable, and very smart. We need to listen to those and hear what they are really telling us. My lips will instantly tell me if I haven't drank enough water in the day. If I eat too many sugar loaded carbs I go into a sugar coma and get a sugar headache. I know better, but yet I still do it once in awhile. insert hand slap to the face ;)
While getting ready and actually putting effort into curling my hair and putting more than a little gym make-up on. I could feel my demeanor change. I felt more confident and a little more at ease. It didn't take a ton of time, about 25 minutes, but when I was finished I was much more ready to conquer the world, even if it was just conquering picking my son up from school, going to Costco, and dropping him off at Jujitsu.
Now not everyone may have the same feeling or effect that I do from "getting dolled up", but I am pretty certain. Slash that pretty positive that I know if you take a little time for yourself everyday to do something for YOU. You will see a positive change in your life and others will get to reap that benefit from you being a happy, positive, productive individual, so although you may be doing something for yourself. It is not selfish!
Here are a few ideas to start practicing self care.