Self Care – That Annoying Phrase

I know what you are thinking, “Ugh! Seriously! Self Care? I can’t get away from hearing about this!” Trust me, I get it! As a mom and business owner, I often feel so conflicted and see these articles about self-care and think “Yes, I know but I have stuff I have to do!” But let me tell you, on Tuesday night, that 2 word phrase had a whole new meaning for me!

So to put this in perspective, last week was Thanksgiving. Which meant preparing for spending time with family, making sure finances were secure so we could get some Christmas and birthday shopping done for our daughter, and also making sure all deadlines for my business are being met. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but then throw in that my daughter spiked a fever on Friday, so we had to keep an eye on her which led to a doctor visit the next day. That doctor visit was stressful with so many tests and an upset little girl who just wanted to snuggle with her mama. Speaking of snuggles, imagine hearing “mama” every 30 seconds because she needs to be near you at all times. Then, to top it all off, my husband and I both became sick. (Thanks to our daughter for sharing her germs)

On Tuesday, after my husband and I were starting to feel better after some medicine, our daughter finally feeling better but then a cranky mess! I was trying to cook dinner, with her on my hip, and just needing a moment but not seeing it in sight. I told my husband, after our daughter was in bed I was going to be taking a bath.

That is exactly what I did, and man it was glorious! I had a nice relaxing bubble bath and continued reading a book I’ve been struggling to finish for months. It’s an amazing book (that I’ve read thus far) called The Child by Fiona Barton. You can find it on Amazon here. I walked out of that bathroom so refreshed and ready to finish the rest of the week. I needed that hour to just do something for me. And it was so worth it!

But then I started thinking about advice I had been given in my past. I’ve always struggled with spreading myself too thin and getting too overwhelmed. I will share with you this advice…Give yourself 15 minutes to do something you enjoy. That’s it! Self-care does not have to be an hour here and there or anything huge, sometimes it just needs to be 15 minutes of time to do something you love. And most importantly for a mom and business owner. How are you taking care of yourself?