Self-care used to be taboo.
As some of you may not know, self-care was something that wasn’t really spoken about. Speaking from a woman’s perspective, we could be busy working, taking care of the house, kids, running errands, paying bills, etc. Self-care was definitely something that we don’t often invest into.
Think about it.
You get up in the morning. You get the kids ready for school (which is a job in itself!), going through the morning dramatics with the kids, you have to get to work! Hopefully, if you have a smooth day, you won’t get that phone call saying that you kid is sick. That way you can deal with a long 8-hour shift at a job that may not appreciate all your handwork.
After working, you have to go get your kids, make them do homework, fuss about them keep things clean and orderly, cook dinner get kids ready for bed. By the end of the day, make sure your bills are paid, take a shower and go to bed.
Just to wake up in the morning and do it all over again.
Oh! Let’s not talk about if your kids are active in sports! You really don’t have time for anything.
For these reasons (and many others) is why I say that self-care is something that we didn’t talk about back in my day. At that point? It was ingrained in women my age that it would be an act of selfishness.
I mean, how could we?
When you have children that constantly need things, how can you even stop to think about what you need? What you want? Even if you are tired! We find the energy to be able to get up and handle business.
Now days, it is a completely different story. Self-care is EVERYWHERE! ￼You can’t go anywhere without hearing about it. To be honest? It is refreshing to hear. Don’t get me wrong, the millennials have a lot to learn, but when it comes to care of self? They’ve got this thing in the bag! They are all about self-care and self-love.
They figured out quick that you can take of anything else unless you take care of yourself.
I envy them for that. This is something that I wish we would have known coming up. I believe that our ways of self-care were sneaking a glass of wine when the kids went to bed. Eating something that you didn’t want to share with your kids when they were around. In my next post at the end of the month, I will discuss the importance of self-care, its benefits, different forms and how working parents can prioritize times to be able to take care of self.