As a mom who works outside of the home, my days are full. It seems like there a million things to do and approximately 5 of them get crossed off the list daily. I am mostly ok wth this as most of the items can wait. Aside from the obvious caring for my family, there are a few things that I do every. single. day. They are my non-negotables. These are the things that keep me sane, happy and loving life. If I neglect them, then life doesn't jive. Self care is vitally important and in no particular order, these are some of the ways that I fill my cup:
- Meditate. Five minutes, 20 minutes, 5 seconds. Whatever I can fit it. I have to sweep out the cobwebs of my mind so I can see clearly.
- Move. The endorphins are real and I need them. I slather on the sunscreen and take my daughter for a walk/run or do yoga in my bedroom after my daughter goes to sleep. On rockstar days, I am able to do both. My body craves movement and sweat. My soul craves the connection and the recharging of batteries that happens when I move.
- Shower. Laugh if you will (it's so basic) but new mamas you know that there are some days when showering is a true challenge. I use this time to wash away any negative energy from the day and feel refreshed. It's a ritual I need daily.
The truth is that my non-negotiable are small, basic things. They are things that I took for granted before having a child and never could have imagined that it might not always be feasible to shower. I get it now. The little things matter, in a big way. I can only love most completely when my cup is full so I take the time to fill it daily and hope you do the same.
What are your non-negotiables?