Showering, I can remember(most of the time), but I’ll have to think about when I really took the time to wash and condition and blow dry and flat iron my hair so it doesn’t look like a total mess.
And it’s usually for a particular reason that I actually took the time to do all that: a dinner with Hubs or some sort of appointment.
And that’s crazy.
I need to make time for me.
I will make time for me.
I’m not talking about giving myself a week’s vacation on a tropical island or even saying that I need an afternoon to myself once a month.
I’m talking about doing the little things that I should be doing for myself.
The things that I never thought I’d neglect until I became a mom.
Most mornings, I’m too busy getting my three boys dressed, fed, and everything packed and ready for school to do anything for me. They brush their teeth- but do I have time? They eat, but do I? Not usually. It happens, but it will be at some random time later in the day when I think oh, my teeth feel gross. Or my stomach yells at me sometime after noon because I still haven’t given it anything to eat.
But, if I’m not taking care of myself, I’ll start to feel like crap(and look and probably smell like crap, too). And if I’m feeling like crap, then that will effect the type of mom I am.
I can make all the excuses I want- that I have three boys and a husband and the house to take care, as well as working full-time from home… I don’t have the time to take care of me.
Well, I’m calling bullshit on my own excuse. Because that excuse works for some of the big things- like if I say I need to take care of me by doing nothing but sleeping for an entire week- it doesn’t hold up with the little things.
So, I’m promising to take better care of me and realizing it’s not impossible.
- brush my teeth every morning and night
- wash and moisturize my face every morning and night
- shower daily
- wash my hair every other day
- exercise 3x+/week
- eat 3 meals/day
- drink more water
- go to bed by 11pm
When I look at it that way, those are not unreasonable expectations. I imagine my pre-kids self thinking what the hell is wrong with someone who can’t accomplish those simple tasks. And then mocking the 11pm curfew.
But, since my list is so simple- that means I can stick to it, right?