When was the last time you did something just for yourself, had some much-needed ‘me time’?
When you have children, it can be very easy to stop thinking about yourself - who you are, your health, your happiness, your life. Women with children often juggle multiple roles, that of a mother, child
Many mothers struggle to overcome the guilt associated with self-care. Questions and intrusive thoughts can present when we have a picture or
When we have a child with different abilities or particular health care needs, taking care of yourself can be even more challenging. Research shows that mothers with a child with different abilities or chronic health conditions are particularly vulnerable to developing stress and often develop a set of coping strategies to manage everyday demands, some of which may not be healthy.
Have you ever felt that you are keeping one step ahead of the next challenge to solve - possibly feeling like you are caught in the momentum of a huge snowball that is tumbling down a mountain?
To keep ahead of this, we may keep putting in place Band-Aid solutions to address challenges, rather than simply taking this time for ourselves to stop and find our centre again.
Giving yourself time to rest, recover and care for yourself first, means you are running on a full tank. Therefore, you are more likely to be watching the snowball, rather than becoming part of it!
Self-care provides a basic foundation for a healthy life. A good starting point is to think of self-care like housekeeping for your body.
When we have so many responsibilities to attend to, we need to make sure our body is up to the task of doing them.
Regular exercise, making time for yourself to enjoy relationships and activities that nurture you, laughing, being present with what you are doing, and yes, going to the doctor and dentist when you need to, are all great ways of administering self-care.
A healthier and sustainable way of approaching self-care is less about juggling the multiple responsibilities we have each day and more about finding a flow to actioning the challenges that we encounter – such as challenging behaviour, school conflict, exhaustion, lack of joy and isolation. When we do this, the tension in our bodies and thus our home life
‘Me time’ is not a luxury, it is a necessity!
How do you achieve ‘me time’? Here are some ideas to get started:
Jennene Greenall and Caitlin Taggart share a mutual passion for inclusion and equality and combine their skills and life experiences through their business, A Spectrum Connected. We collaborate, consult and educate, and deliver programs that connect people to the magic of equality and inclusion. A Spectrum Connected philosophy is to Connect. Understand. EmpowerTM We would love to connect with you.