What Is Self Care?
When I hear people talking about Self Care I think of a weekend away at a luxury yoga retreat but Self Care can be any activity you do to benefit your own mental, physical or emotional well-being. This could be something a simple as taking time to read a chapter of a book, go for a run or having a cuppa in peace. Self Care can have many benefits such as reducing stress, improving physical health and boosting endorphins therefore having a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Essentially the better we care for our own wellbeing the more equipped we are to deal with the stresses of daily life or so am told.
Who Has Time For Care?
I think the answer most of us would give to that question would be "not me". As a busy mum of two, who works part time I barely have time to brush my teeth in the morning never mind taking time out of my day just for me. I think most of us are guilty of not making enough time for ourselves. We prioritise our child's need over our own and the short amount of parenting respite we do have is typically spent doing housework, laundry or life admin. We rarely take the time just to focus on our own wellbeing.
How The Challenge Came About
Recently I was lucky enough to have a full day child free at home by myself which is a rarity. Pervious child free days I have had (there haven't been many) I've spend rushing around town so I wanted to make the most of just being at home. I spending a few hours doing the usual jobs about the house then I treated myself to a couple of hours of Self Care time. I spent it munching on chocolates and binge watched "The Let Down" on Netflix (an absolute must watch for all Mums). It was bliss! Afterwards I felt destressed and re-energised. It made me realise that I need to make more time each day just for me.