Tomorrow is International Women's Day, and with that, we can honor those women who blazed the trail to make life what it is for us today but we can also honor ourselves. We may not be changing the world on a global level but we certainly should take a moment for ourselves and look inward--and find some moments of peace and pampering. As a small business owner I am my own everything. Marketer. Phone answerer. Task completer. Salesperson. Accountant. Creative spirit. Worrier. Dreamer. The list of the positives of working for myself is long, which makes it all worth it, but I was reflecting on my schedule lately and realized it could use some improvement.
I've gotten into a rut. My routine is working for my professional life but I've let my personal life--primarily my local friendships--suffer. A couple of weeks ago I began reaching out to my friends with a text, "Want to meet for coffee? I need to get out, I'm becoming a hermit". Those moments of face to face contact and the true connections we have are invaluable and I don't want to let myself get so immersed in the daily monotony that I overlook it again. Given how quickly each of my friends replied, I realized I wasn't alone--they were feeling the same way and I thought it may resonate with you too.
When life gets busy with work or family demands (or both) the first thing to go is our own self care. The moments that we need to refresh, inspire, and connect melt away as we put our heads down and forge on. Deadlines must be met. Sick family members need to be cared for. Grocery shopping must get done. Clothes must be washed. The necessities get taken care of and as we rest our heads on our pillows each night, the list of what comes next crowds in and sleep can be hard to achieve. When this particular treadmill goes on too long, our cortisol levels climb and with that, health complications set in.
I realized I needed to get back to caring for myself. By taking care of me I was actually doing a better job of taking care of those in my life. When I feel fulfilled, creative, cared for, it makes me more generous of spirit. I'm not short tempered and feeling overwhelmed and for that, I think everyone is on board with a few momma time outs.
Need some ideas to get you started on your own path of self care? Try something from the list below--and be sure to mix it up, try something new to you!
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I'm Angie, a flower enthusiast and, in a past life, an event and wedding coordinator