When you have school age children, it can feel like your entire life has been taken over. Between getting them to and from school, all the practices and extracurricular activities, and any social engagements it can seem as if there is absolutely no time for you.
But here’s the thing- it is so important for you to schedule that time to take care of yourself. You have to take care of you if you want to be able to take care of everyone else. You know- put your own oxygen mask on first, so that you can then help everyone around you.
What does that look like? Maybe you reserve 30 minutes of your day to go on a walk. Or set that alarm and enlist the help of an accountability partner to make sure you wake up and get the the 5:30am class. Perhaps it looks like you doing a yoga video you found on YouTube after you get the kids in bed for the night. Maybe it’s a little of all of this.
The point is, it doesn’t take much to make sure you are going in a positive direction with your health and wellness. But you do have to commit to taking some small steps, and doing so consistently. Can you make it to 3 classes in a week? Great! You will feel so much better for it! Well, aside from the soreness… But even that will probably feel good because it’ll be a reminder that you are taking care of yourself. You’ll also be setting a good example for your kids at the same time- if they see you making self-care a priority, they’ll be more likely to follow your lead as they grow up)
So, write it down, put it in your phone, whatever you need to do. But commit to doing something that moves you in the right direction, even if it’s just 3 days a week right now.