Pouring From an Empty Cup
Parent: A job that requires your attention 24/7. A job that requires you to give your all to someone else. A non-stop ride of emotion; pure joy, pride, anger, frustration, embarrassment. A job that requires self-care.
The saying goes, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” When parenting you are constantly needed, and it can drain you physically and emotionally. Sure, the kids go to bed at night, but many of us use that time to catch up on chores. You need to practice a little self TLC on a weekly, if not daily basis. Self-care is not selfish, it is necessary to keep yourself going!
Filling Your Cup
Self-care is different for everyone. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Your personality type will determine what type of activity will rejuvenate you. Maybe your self-care is getting together with your friends. Maybe it’s taking some time to be alone. Or maybe it’s a date night with your spouse. No matter what it is for you, self-care should leave you feeling replenished, relaxed and happy.
For some of us, we have been so focused on other people (our kids) for so long, that we might have forgotten what makes us happy. Take a moment to think about the things you used to do when you found yourself with a little extra time on your hands. Here are some ideas to fill up your cup!
- Take a long bath or shower
- Do your nails (or go get them done)
- Go get your hair done
- Take a long drive and listen to music (or book, or favorite pod-cast)
- Read a book
- Sleep in or go to bed early
- Go see a new movie
- Color/paint/create art
- Have a nice date night with your spouse
- Go out dancing (or dance in your home)
- Take a long walk outside
- Take a weekend trip with your friends