Love Yourself First: The Power of Self-Care for Busy Moms
I am writing this with tears in my eyes and my heart so heavy. This blog is in memory of my dear friend who rested today. Jane, how I wish you were here to read this.
Today I want to talk to you about the importance of self-care and self-love. We often hear about
these concepts, but how many of us really take them to heart and make them a priority in our
lives? Today I lost a dear friend who put everyone first. She passed away from a heart attack,
leaving us all devastated and with a deep sense of loss.
Self-love is closely linked to self-care, and it’s something that we could all benefit from
practicing more often. Self-love means treating ourselves with kindness, compassion, and
respect. It means setting boundaries and saying NO when we need to, instead of constantly
saying yes to please others. It means recognizing our own worth and value, and treating
ourselves with the same care and consideration that we would give to a dear friend.
So, I found myself asking, do we ever take time out from our busy schedules to just think about
us and what will happen to the people we love and work so hard for when we are no longer here
to take care of them? We must recognize that taking care of ourselves is not selfish or indulgent
– it’s essential. We cannot be there for our loved ones if we are not taking care of ourselves first.
It’s like the old saying goes – “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. We need to make sure that we
are filling our own cup, so that we have the energy and resources to give to others. I was
listening to Oprah Winfrey the other day and she said, if someone says “you are full of yourself”
take it as a compliment, it only means you have something to spare for others
Self-care can take many forms, and it’s important to find what works for us as individuals. For
some, it might mean taking a long, hot bath, for others it might mean going for a run or
practicing meditation. It could mean carving out time to read a book or watch a favorite movie,
or it could mean getting a massage or taking a nap. Whatever it is that helps you to relax,
unwind, and recharge – that’s self-care.
So, how can we start practicing self-care and self-love in our daily lives? Here are a few ideas:
- Set aside time each day for yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes. Use this time to do
something that you enjoy and that helps you to relax.
- Practice saying no when you need to, and setting boundaries around your time and
energy. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes.
- Make healthy choices when it comes to food, exercise, and sleep. These are all
important aspects of self-care, and can help to keep us feeling physically and mentally
- Surround yourself with people who support and uplift you. Spend time with friends and
family who make you feel good about yourself, and seek out communities and groups
where you feel a sense of belonging.Join SestraNow and experience love among sisters
from across the globe
- Be gentle and compassionate with yourself. If you make a mistake or have a bad day,
don’t beat yourself up. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you
would give to a loved one.
Remember, self-care and self-love are not selfish or indulgent – they are essential. By taking care
of ourselves, we are better able to show up for the people we love and to make a positive impact
in the world. Let’s honor the memory of my dear friend by committing to taking care of ourselves
and each other, one day at a time.