I know, I know...when you hear "self-care" you probably roll your eyes and think, "I don't have the time" and/or "I don't have the money" or some other negative thought.
You don't need to spend money to love yourself!!
Look, I am the first to admit that I love a mani/pedi with a friend, or hitting the day spa for a massage or facial (or both!!). I've gone on retreats and plenty of homemade face masks or salt scrubs.
I'm the epsom salt bath goddess (which is an inexpensive luxury) and love soaking until my fingers and toes shrivel up!
Self care is SO much more than this. It's getting good sleep, staying hydrated, moving your body, and nourishing your body. It's doing the simple tasks that we need for survival.
And yes, there are times as mamas that we struggle to do the simple tasks!
Here are three more simple (but not easy!) things you can do that don't cost anything!!
Say "NO" - it is a complete sentence-NO need to provide an explanation with it!
to anything that doesn't serve you!
with yourself...such as limiting your work hours
with others-you get to choose what you receive from them
No people pleasing!!
I see you! As a recovering people pleaser, I get it! You are not responsible for other people's happiness!
That's it...don't you feel better already!! And it didn't cost a penny!!
As I said, simple, not easy. Takes practice and consistent implementation. I am working on them myself!
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I wear many certification hats as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Oola Life Balance Coach, Aroma Freedom Practitioner, and Clinical Aromatherapist. I'm also a Speaker, Podcaster, Author, and Blogger. Oh and a mom of 3 teens/young adults! I call myself a Creative Entrepreneur!
My heart is all in on supporting women that are in the whirlwind of raising teens/young adults. You don’t have to do this part alone!!
Many of our kids are wrestling with high levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression, some are neurodiverse, with or without diagnoses. The common denominator is that their brains are not fully developed and they struggle at various levels with their executive functioning. Obstacles arise that interfere with their relationships, goals and launching into the world.
We mamas need to understand what’s up and be able to gently guide and support them to discover harmony and balance in themselves and their relationships.
ALL WHILE loving ourselves, doing our own work, owning our boundaries, and living our best lives!