I recently read an article titled, Your Bubblebath Is B*&^%$#@, and let me tell ya, I had some strong feelings about this. A part of me was very defensive–“Don’t tell me how to take care of myself and what I need to do to be happy!” and another part of me kind of got it–“Yeah, women today are fed a bunch of B.S. about what we truly need.” But the main thing I came away with was, “I need to take care of myself the way I see fit.”
My idea of self-care is working out, eating healthy, drinking lots of water, and getting regular breaks from the home/chores/and yes, even my kids and husband. Shocking, I know!
Self-care is super important, ladies. We literally take care of (almost) everything and everyone around us. If we don’t take regular breaks, we will get burnt out, struggling (even more) just to cope. And for those that say, “Oh, I don’t need any time away from my kids, how can you say that?!” You’re lying.
“No, I’m not!”
Yes, you most certainly are. How do I know? Think of it this way: if you ran a marathon everyday for a year, how do you think you’d do? That first marathon you’d do great! You’d probably finish strong and feel great about what you accomplished. The next day? You’d be sore, but you’d probably do okay. A little slower than the day before, probably taking more water stops and maybe even walking a few miles. By day five, you’d barely make it to mile 10 and they’d be carrying you off on a gurney.
“Yeah, but that’s a marathon! We’re talking about motherhood, here!”
I got news for ya, sister. Motherhood IS a marathon. Because like a marathon, motherhood is exhausting. It takes every single ounce of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength you have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. There are times you feel so strong, empowered, and ready to tackle the miles ahead. Then, there are moments when you just want to quit and lay down on the pavement.
Those are the moments that you need to take a break. You’ve got to breathe. You’ve got to do something that reminds you that you are more than cook, more than a cleaner, more than a boo-boo kisser (which isn’t a bad gig), and more than a milk machine. Whatever it is, do it (as long as its legal, lol). Do what you have to do to get by. And if your idea is a Lush bath bomb and a bubble bath, then do it!
What do you think? Did you read the linked article? What do you do for self-care? Share in the comments below!