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“Are you living each day just trying to survive until you can go to bed?”
I’m working through the 14-day Makeover Your Evenings course by Crystal Paine, aka the Money Saving Mom. And ouch, Crystal, that’s …kind of exactly what I do.
A brief reflection of my day-to-day life shows me that I am not actually accomplishing anything. Most days I am merely doing what I can to survive the day and return to bed. I’m not exhausted, I’m just not taking proper care of myself.
I tell myself I don’t have time to spend on myself, or that somehow I shouldn’t take time away from family life to take care of myself because I work so much, and moments with my family are so precious.
The last time I took the time just for me to do something I like was when I went to the hair salon to redeem my coupon for a free haircut from the welcome wagon.
That was 3 weeks ago.
Related: Build Your Best Evening Routine
This evening routine challenge is helping me recognize that taking care of myself is the beginning to how I can take care of my family. If I am not ever taking time for myself, I am likely to become a shadow of myself, completely lost and unable to love on my family from a place of wholeness.
Nourish Your Mind
In effort to take better care of myself, I am starting with taking care of my mind. I recently started to listen to audio books through my library’s online app. This one little act of remembering that I like to read and actually opening a book again has been so incredible for my spirit! It’s invigorating to read again. I might have gotten a little overzealous when requesting books through the app in my excitement.
Fuel Your Cells
Crystal is a big believer in her vitamins and supplements. Starting the first week of October, I’m going to be doing a 10 Day challenge through Juice Plus with some coworkers. I’m not doing it to lose weight, I’m just doing it to flood my body with 50+ plants each day for 10 days. I can feel that my body needs a reset.
Part of the 10 Day challenge is drinking enough water. I tend to forget this, especially at work. I make it a point every night to drink at least 3 mason jars worth of water, which pretty much equals out to my daily recommended intake. Since I only drink water or coffee (with unsweetened, unflavored cashew milk, no sugar), no juice or soda or milk, I’m doing fairly well on the drink options, but I could definitely use extra hydration. Those crows feet gathering around my eyes aren’t going to hydrate themselves!
I noticed that I tend to drink more water when I have a fun water bottle, so I do my best to keep one with me at all times.
Move Your Body
The last thing is the bane of my existence. As much as I dream about how awesome it would be to make a living sharing awesome nutrition and exercise…I HATE EXERCISE. There I said it. I do enjoy yoga, but I don’t make the time for it. But 3 times a day for 10 minutes? It’s not much, but it’s a start.
So there you have it. The ways I’m going to take care of myself. And easy, practical ways you can take care of yourself, too. Because no one wants to feel like a worn and tattered shadow of their pre-baby selves.
I want to be a lively, vivacious mom that sets an example for my son. I want him to greet life head on and that starts with me.
Enjoying life starts with me.
These musings are based on day 10/14 of Money Saving Mom’s Makeover Your Evenings course. Start building your most helpful evening routine today!
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