What is it like to care for myself? Does it mean going to the sauna every now and then and then falling into to same mind trap once I return home again?
NO! The true self care happens everyday. It is not a moment for which I need to make money, time or an appointment. It is living in a now and being aware of my own expectations. Especially my own expectations about how I should be or should not be.
Once, I posted in my Instagram stories about my evening and morning marathon with the girls while Peter is traveling. I went through this last year as well and I learned. Last year, I managed the first few weeks very well. I took very good care about what I was eating and how much and I felt great. I would allow girls to have friends over for dinner. I would be going to bed late … until the point when I simply could not do it anymore. At that point, I was irritable and angry with my husband and children. I remember when Peter was finally ready with all his business trips in November (starting in September) I was wasted! That was actually one of the reason I started my Instagram. I wanted to make myself more accountable.
Do you think it helped me?
Yes, being on Instagram and sharing with you is one of the best things I have done for myself in the last year. Does it mean that I feel great all the time? NOT AT ALL! But I am so much more AWARE of my “weak points”.
So yesterday evening and this morning I took the busy perfect mom approach and this afternoon and this evening I will take the loving and relaxed mom approach.
What does self care means for you guys? I love to hear your interpretations!