One of my goals this year is to take better care of myself, and as a new mom, I am finding it incredibly challenging, but I see immense benefit from it. When setting a goal, I like to hone into the “why” behind it.
Recently it has been harder. So, I went back to my goals journal and started asking why I set this goal, what I wanted out of it and why was it important to me? That’s when it hit me that I have never been good at taking care of myself.
You too probably have been brought up by a mother who put everyone’s needs before hers. And it saddens me sometimes to see her age faster than she should have. And while I love my mother beyond reason, like most of us do, I don’t want this to happen to me. Honestly, I am scared that one day I’ll be bitter about putting everyone’s needs before mine. I don’t want to burden anyone with that kind of guilt. Another reason is that I want to have more energy to able to have a more hands-on experience with my child as well as be able to grow my blog and business which I am really finding it hard these days.
So here are some of the things I have committed to regularly doing to give myself a little attention:
I have tried to wake up at five in the morning. And even though on most days I don’t I am not harsh on myself about it. I have to give myself grace after all I have a five-month-old baby around whom my schedule revolves. But I try to do some stretching no matter what time I wake up. I have noticed a lot of difference ever since I have started stretching.
Protein and Vitamins
Since I am breastfeeding, I have to make sure that I take in plenty of calories and vitamins. I love the Whey Protein in Creme and cookie flavor. I just mix it in my milk, add some bananas and relish it. As for vitamins, I am continuing with the prenatal and calcium and magnesium oxide for bones. Of course, you should be consulting your doctor before taking any sort of medication.
Let's be honest, I don’t have the time to meditate, but I do like to tune in and center a few times during the day. It has helped me to regroup when I feel overwhelmed by taking care of my baby all by myself all day long. I use the Calm app for this. I also use the Tide app all throughout the day to get my work, my writing, and my chores done. I also use it before I get in bed. Its sleep feature is amazing. I love to wake up to the sound of chirping birds instead of an obnoxious blaring alarm.
I talk a lot about podcasts so I won’t get too much into details here. (You can get to know more about my favorite podcasts here.)But I wanted to include some of the podcasts I have been tunning into recently that have helped me stay sane and care for my baby and my family from a place of love. Dais and The Heart of It.
I have been looking forward to reading Girl Wash Your Face for months now. It’s come at the perfect time. If you need some tough love, a little laugh, and a few heartbreaking stories to push you towards becoming a better version of yourself, I highly recommend this book. (Book Talk coming soon) Take a listen to the first few chapters on the Dais Podcast.
I have been very consistent with drinking half my body weight in onuses of water every single day. And can see the difference in my skin and my appetite. I have realized that when I am hungry even after I have had a full meal, it is usually because I am dehydrated and not because I am hungry. (I think my hungry and thirsty wires are crossed.) I also clean, wash, moisturize my face regularly. I have been using the Olay Deep Cleansing Kit to exfoliate and Dead sea mud mask. The pores on my skin near my nose have shrunk visibly.
These are the things I have committed myself to doing for myself. What are some of the things that you do for yourself? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a comment below.