We are currently in a time of uncertainty. There are a lot of things that we get notified of in the world, you may have notifications pop up on your phone so you can stay up to date on what is going on in the world, but keep in mind of what you are reading.
I wrote a blog post on self care because we really do need to take care of ourselves. The world is ever changing and we have a new normal that we are trying to figure out. And when will that be? We really don’t have an answer quite yet.
I have anxiety, I do see that there are moments when I am more stressed out than normal. But, I do know how to take care of myself to lower these stress levels so I can feel better about my day.
I posted about self care earlier today because we need to check in with ourselves. Check in with how you are doing, ask yourself, are you okay? Do you need to take a moment, breathe and recenter yourself? Do you need to take a moment to focus on what you want and what is good for you and your family?
It is okay to be okay, and I think that needs to be said. There is so much talk today about using this time to be more producitve, do more and try that new project or jump back into fitness.
Yes, that is all said and good, and I say go for it, if you can! But at the end of the day, you need to know yourself. Can you do this? or will it set you over the edge? Is it giving you anxiety to do everything?
Know who you are and what you can or can’t do. I know that there is no way on this earth that I can take on working out every day. My workout is chasing my 11 month old son around the house, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning and walking our dog, while also trying to do my full time job.
I am busy, and I know you are too. It is okay to not be okay with adding in another item on your to-do list. No matter what others are doing, there is always going to be something else that you can add to your day. But who cares! You can do it when the chaos settles and you have more time.
We all need to be able to shut off our brain every once and while, so what I say is, “If you would rather plop down on the couch once your kid goes to sleep than pulling out the steps on the treadmill, that is okay.” More people do this than you think!
Remember, you are a super mama and you can still be a super mama on the couch, while laying in bed or even relaxing in the tub with your margarita (or diet coke!).
It is our job to do what we can, block out the noise and listen to yourself. What can you do and what is going to make you happy?
Sure, there are some of us who use working out as an outlet, and there are some of us who do like to work on the house and maybe build a closet or paint a bedroom. But, honestly doing that after a long day of all the housework, work and being a mom, it is something I don’t prefer to do all the time. I do have my days where I dive into it, but I know the days when I just can’t.
I hope you take this note to you and use it as a way to motivate yourself to do nothing, spend time doing what you want to do and don’t over commit yourself to all the things that you think you should be doing.
By overcommitting yourself and also reading through the news about what is currently happening today, you are bound to become one giant stress ball, and we are supposed to squeeze those not become those! Take it day by day, and you will be okay.
Stay safe and healthy, and most of all, stay home! I love you all, cheers to another day of being parents. We got this!