Self Care

Last weekend I made an effort to spend more time with my daughter, Kendall. She’s been my little shadow lately and I could tell she needed extra bonding time with me. I made an appointment to get mani/pedi’s – her first! After, we made our way to Starbucks for a sweet treat and she talked endlessly about school, the sparkles on her nails, if I was going to win my race the next day, how she will start running¬†with¬†me, the Easter songs she’s learning at school…the list goes on and on. It was time together that we both needed, and we came home a little happier for it.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a transition for us. I started a new job (same company) and it has been wonderful. I love the change and the challenge, but with that comes an adjustment period. Between learning a new job, meeting so many new people, traveling to LA a few times a week all while staying on top of my running program and being really present at home with my children, I am really tired. And knowing myself, this is exactly when I start to get hyper productive and run myself into the ground. So I’m taking a step back, making sure my priorities are in check, and literally taking a deep breath.

Here are a few things I have done this week for self care:

  • Went to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual
  • Left my phone in another room while spending time with the kids
  • Delegate more tasks to my husband (new tires on my car, store run for milk)
  • Scaled back my track workout (I was so sore and tired)

And a few things I will add to the list on weekends:

  • Take a nap, even if it’s for only 30 minutes
  • Go for a family evening walk now that it’s lighter out
  • Be more mindful about sitting down and relaxing
  • Schedule a massage

These might seem like really obvious things to do for self care, but I tend to be someone who has a really hard time relaxing and sitting down. Especially when my time to get things done is so limited with young kids. But I’m making an effort!

What are some things you do for self care?