by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68
I don’t know ’bout you, but it seems the more I take care of things, the more things there are to take care of. Am I right? I’m constantly on the go. Having so much on my plate to take care of, I sometimes forget to take care of the plate holder [that would be me].
Now, eating right and getting enough sleep is not just something your mother or doctor tell you. Get this: It actually works. But sometimes it’s not enough. Sometimes we need a little extra boost, and emotional empowering to get us through the day, yah?
Some days you gotta forget the rules the world tries to impose on you. A little self-love focus can set things right.
Here are five simple ways I tell myself I’m worth it:
- Friends and family. I know, I know. Everyone has friends. But when I’m super busy and forget to check in for a few days, I get cranky. Making time to chat with my girls or text my daughter really can boost my spirits. A three-second “Busy day but want you to know I’m thinking of you” is one of greatest messages I can send, or receive. It honors the recipient by demonstrating no matter what’s going on, they’re important. So, in case I forgot to tell you today, YOU’RE IMPORTANT!
- Five more minutes. There are things we do daily that can be enhanced and lift our mood. Use scented body wash instead of soap. Heat soup on the stove top instead of in a microwave. Listen to music while cleaning house. Take a breath between coffee sips. Sprinkle essential oils on your pillow before bedtime. A little more attention to the how of doing things can make a big difference in getting them done, and feeling better when they are.
- Schedule “ME” time. It’s never selfish to take care of yourself. Have a date with yourself: Make your favorite foods, pop in your favorite movie, read a new good. Dance in the living room. Go for a walk. Do the things you want someone else to do for you. If you’re worth it from them, you’re worth it from you!
- Sing out loud, loudly. At home, in the car, and yes, in public (although not always). Singing can be aerobic. It can be a prayer. You don’t even have to have a song. Just la-la-la your way through the day and see if you don’t feel better.
- Indulge the inner child. Oh, I don’t care what y’all think. I still color and play games. You know why? They’re fun. Who says growing up means growing dull? Nuh-uh. Not in this household. I eat ice cream on a stick. I slurp through a straw. I do logic puzzles and play MTG. And, yes. I color outside the lines.
How do you treat yourself? Tell me in the comments!
And Franky, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!