Life has a way of running away with us, so much happens on autopilot, our days can become groundhog day like. We get up, eat, work, eat, sleep, repeat. My days can run away with me, so full with kids and work and other commitments, that I barely get a look in.
But like that old adage ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup’ says – I need to take time to replenish my cup from time to time.
Taking time out for our own needs is often seen as selfish or self-indulgent. Yet in truth, we cannot care for others if we don’t care for ourselves first. I have learned firsthand that I am a much better Mama when I spend time looking after myself.
Showing up for myself looks like getting on my yoga mat every morning. Drinking more water. Avoiding alcohol. Crafting. Spending time alone. Going out occasionally. Doing the inner work.
It’s easy to find excuses, to say we don’t have the time, money, energy, etc. Getting on my yoga mat every single morning, even if it’s only for 20 minutes always sets me up for a good day. Spending time out of the house, being Polly and not Mama reminds me I am a whole person who has needs and wants and desires. Listening to my body, and nourishing it, not abusing it and showing it love. Actively doing inner work, to be the best version of myself and to work through my inner demons.
I choose to show up for myself. Every single day. To put myself and my needs at the top of my priority list. To show my children that sometimes, it is OK to be selfish, to put your own needs first and to do what is best for you.