After giving birth to my son, taking care of myself was not a priority. With all his complex medical needs, numerous doctor appointments and therapy sessions, there was rarely anytime for me.
Where could I possibly fit in “self-care” when my day was already consumed with caring for my child?
Over the years, I have learned that self-care is important. Being intentional about caring for oneself should be a priority in our life. And I’m not just speaking of maintaining our hair and getting a manicure and pedicure. Yes, those things are nice and just as important, however self-care is much more. When we care for ourselves we are being deliberate about nurturing our physical, mental, and emotional health.
In a recent article it described the benefits of good self-care. It stated that caring for one’s self helps to reduce anxiety and improve mood. This is key to a good relationships with oneself and others.
While raising Nate, I had no idea that caring for these areas were essential to life. I spend so much time on my son’s well-being, that my health went unkept. When I look back on that time, I understand that not providing myself with self-care contributed to me being unhealthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Now, I have made a conscious decision to place self-care in my daily practice. I realize that I must be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy be an advocate for my son. When I do this I am being the best mother that Nate needs and deserves.
It is my wish that moms will be intentional about providing themselves with the self-care that they need. We want our children to have the best parent possible. The parent that is physically, mentally, and emotionally well, to give their children the very best.