Hello, lovelies! Isn’t lovely such a beautiful word? I am taking on a writing challenge and daily challenge with a blogger, and writer that I follow on facebook called, “A Dash of Self Care.” This month I would like to challenge myself and encourage my readers as well to try to balance a healthy lifestyle. I know what you are thinking,” Okay, if I can barely get my hair brushed how am I going to do more than that?” That’s what I thought when I read about the challenge, as a mom with a six-month-old taking care of my own self-seems out of the question, but really it’s not, and it won’t be for you either. So here are a few steps I would like for you to incorporate into your daily self-care routine.
1. Get at least six hours of sleep.
Now I know the recommend ours of sleep is seven to eight hours for adults, but let’s get real that’s probably not going to happen with a baby. So as hard as it is I have taught myself to go to bed at least by ten-thirty. I try to go to bed earlier than that, but sometimes it’s just not possible. Life get’s busy and things happen, but unless it’s the weekend I am in bed by ten-thirty. Lame I know, but sleep is necessary for so many things, and I will go in depth with that another day.
2. Wake up early, and meditate or do your daily devotion.
If you are a non-religious person, then maybe you would like to meditate and focus on three things that you are grateful for, and maybe even write those things down. I enjoy the whole process of making myself a cup of coffee and reading a portion of the Bible or a daily devotional. I also then proceed to write down things that I am grateful for.
3. Incorporate Essential Oils into your everyday life.
I have recently begun using Young Living Essential oils in my everyday life. I cannot tell you how much of a difference they have made in my life. I use them to help me with many different things. For example, when I am blogging I like to make Peppermint tea, and then add a drop of Peppermint Essential Oils, and I find that it helps me to concentrate and clear my mind while writing. Also right before bed, I use a blend of Stress Away, Lavender, and Raven essential oils to help me relax before I go to sleep, and although I am a distributor of the brand I can promise that I am not trying to convince you to purchase something that doesn’t work. It has helped me in a lot of beneficial ways.
4. Spend thirty minutes of your day exercising.
I know you may think that this is impossible. For those of you who have small children and find it hard to have a babysitter, I can promise you there are ways to get around that. Please, don’t let that be your excuse. You will thank yourself later. Just choose five days out of the week that you would like to incorporate exercise into your life, and family. Here are a few ways you can do that. Thirty minutes will fly by faster than you know.
- Take an evening walk with your kids
- Exercise with your baby, there are plenty of exercise videos you can follow on Youtube
- If you find that your baby is impatient, then while they are sleeping just take thirty minutes and find a workout that you really enjoy
- Another fun way of doing a workout would be to do it while watching your favorite Netflix show
5. Cheat days are allowed.
I think that having a cheat day is necessary, and perfectionism is a waste of life. Many people don’t know that it is possible to not be overwhelmed, and instead, they go to the excessiveness of living one way or the other. When you find a happy medium that is when you will truly be free. So give yourself a break from that workout. Give yourself a break from that vegetable, and eat that doughnut with extra sprinkled with lots of love and happiness.
I hope all of you have enjoyed these tips, and will maybe try one of them out. If you do, please let me know which one you tried, and how it worked out for you! Also If you would like to let me in on your own healthy routines or habits that you have to feel free to email me and tell me all about it! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and newsletter! I will be sending out a new newsletter this weekend on more health tips and exercises, so you won’t want to miss out!