The kids are back in school!!! WOOOO HOOO!!!!
I worked out first thing this morning, and nutrition is back on point 100%. I've been taking care of items on my to do list for the day and am making all sorts of progress.
It's amazing how much more productive I am when I'm feeling better about myself. Crazy how that works.
Today's act of selfcare might be stretching it a bit. We spent several hours on a house project that has been hanging over our heads for months. While it STILL isn't completely finished, it's about 90% done and that makes me feel like I accomplished a lot today. :)
Today was family day. Spent lots of time laughing, to the point of tears at times, with loved ones. It makes me realize that I need to laugh like this much more often. :)
I'm realizing how much more difficult it is to follow through on even tiny acts of self care while the family is all home for the holiday weekend. It makes me see how quickly I dismiss my own wants and needs when there is anyone else around that I could put first.
I'm trying to work the kids in to my self care plans when I can. That seems to be helping a little bit, but I have a lot to learn on how to make this work.
Today I spent time connecting with some friends. It was a small window of time to think, laugh and take some time for myself. :)
I've tried to incorporate meditation into my daily routine before, and I have never managed to get the hang of it. (I've been told that I have a serious case of "monkey mind" which may have something to do with the problem!) But I've vowed this month to give it another shot. I downloaded the Headspace app to give their free 10 day program a try.
I am happy to report that I put in just over an hour on the trail this morning. It was hot and sticky, but I had a friend there to chat away the miles with. How's that for a win/win??
I definitely think that there will be more of this!! :)
Well hello September, you foxy little minx!
I adore this time of year. I always have. (And it's not just because of my deep love for the Trapper Keepers that are stocked on shelves everywhere right now!)
There is something about the beginning of the school year that always feels like a fresh start to me. In a lot of ways I think it is way better than the first of the year.
So, in the spirit of this fresh start I am declaring September my month to focus on self-care. What does that mean? For me it means dialing in on all of the stuff I got WAY too lax about over the summer - like getting enough sleep, meal planning and prep, daily movement, and spending time with my friends.
I believe that taking time to take care of ourselves should never be seen as selfish. But I also know that I fall down on this front a lot. I don't know why we think that putting ourselves last is doing anyone any favors, yet we wear it like some kind of deranged badge of honor.
And speaking for myself here - I am SURE that I am much more pleasant to be around when I am rested/well fed/feeling confident and strong/having fun than when I'm not.
So here is to self-care September!! I hope that you will join along! Come on, what's the worst thing that could happen?? :)
You can live a healthy lifestyle in the real world without giving up everything that makes you happy.