In your Home and Homeschool
Habit #12 – Pampering Yourself
When I ask ladies what they do to take care of themselves, I am often met with silence. We have not learned to take care of ourselves and pamper ourselves. We put the needs of our family and caring for them before we take care of ourselves.
It was shocking for me to learn that caregivers of chronically ill people are often at a higher health risk than the person they are caring for. This happens because caregivers burn the candle at both ends. They often do not sleep enough, eat healthy, get regular movement, or drink water.
Do these habits sound familiar? These four habits are essential for you to have a healthy lifestyle. You many still have health issues, but sleeping, eating, exercising, and water all help you to feel the best you can feel. Your baseline health can vary, but these things give you the most bang for your efforts.
Most moms also forget what hobbies they used to enjoy because they get so busy in the day-to-day care of their children. Schedule time for yourself each day to do something you enjoy. Some ideas are reading for fun, needlework, art, crafts, soaking in the tub, and more.
Doing something you enjoy for a few minutes each day relaxes you. It reduces your stress. It makes you feel happy and joyful. It does not have to be complicated or expensive. You just need to find that place in your day where you can do this regularly.
Once a week have a nice soak in the tub and do a facial or pedicure at home. Talk to your spouse about watching the children for this time regularly if you have small children. You need to recharge your batteries.
Plan date night with your husband as a way to pamper yourself. If you budget is tight, serve the kids a snack kind of dinner and set up a movie night. Then enjoy a candle-lit dinner or dessert with your husband in a nearby room. You can be creative on a budget and have date night.
When you don’t take care of yourself, your health will show it. It might take a little time, but you will have physical symptoms if you neglect taking care of yourself. It is not selfish to have a good self-care routine. You need to love yourself and your family by taking care of you.
These twelve habits won’t be developed overnight. It takes time to build a habit. The FlyLady has assigned one of these habits to each month of the year, so you have time to implement each habit into your daily schedule.
You are important. Your health and happiness are important, and these twelve habits will help you.
For more information on The FlyLady and her system, go to FlyLady.net. You can read articles on her website. You can subscribe to her daily emails. You can follow her on social media. She will help you and encourage you to create habits that will help you have a happy and healthy home.
Your Zone Mission today is to shine your kitchen sink.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is soup and sandwiches.
Have a blessed day!
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