Creating Comfort For Myself


I am a big advocate of taking time for myself.  Earlier years spent doing too much set me off the tracks when it came to self-care.  Since then I have become much more aware and sensitive to how my body responds as well as where I am emotionally. 

While there are definite seasons of life where simply rest and cutting back on things are the only solution to getting a break, for me, it is having a routine that includes self-care and comfort on a regular basis that helps keep me on track. 


I will always find time to get things done.  The laundry is never ending.  Meetings are meetings.  And I will stay up all night to meet a deadline or finish a project if needed.  I can choose in the midst of this to take care of myself or not.  But either way, I have proven I can always get things done on my to-do list.  My concern is more of a matter of how balanced I am as a person after all of that. 

I spend more time agonizing over the stress that hangs over me than actually getting something done.  I can easily use "that time of month" as an excuse to throw me off course and let myself pig out on chocolate. I too often add unnecessary things on my to-do list instead of prioritizing what is most important.

I have a small mental checklist of things that I ask myself to make sure I am on track.  These are things I rely on when I am stressed out, on my period, sick, or just feeling emotionally drained.

 


1. Am I being active?  
It is so easy for me to skip my workout when I am overstressed or not feeling well.  Besides feeling better in my own body when I am active, I know that my mind and heart are more settled after I have gotten my body moving. 

Sometimes just going out for a quick walk is enough to get me focused on the tasks ahead of me.  It is also important for me to exercise when I am sore or cramped from my period.  There is something about moving my body that seems to put those pains at ease.

2. Am I taking time to be quiet?
Taking time to be quiet, for me, looks like spending time reading, praying, or simply sitting on the porch with some tea.  Too often I get so caught up in my mind that it tends to take over my entire body at times. 

By taking time to be quiet and allow outside peace to soak in, I am able to clear my mind, rest my body, and just be in the moment.  I find so much comfort in being quiet sometimes but it truly is a discipline when I am feeling stressed out.


3. Am I dressing comfortably?
This one is a little more obvious during my period or when I am sick but I find that feeling comfortable in my clothes makes a huge difference in my everyday life.  There have been many times when my anxiety would literally give me a stomach ache or that time of month made me uncomfortable. 

I am a huge advocate for all things elastic!  I never know when some of these pains will hit and by having cute and comfortable clothes to wear, I don't have to show the world that it is that time of month because I am in my sweat pants!  Instead I can continue to feel great about myself by what I am wearing while getting my body through an uncomfortable moment. 

4. Am I eating well?
This eating one comes in waves.  It is amazing that when I am eating well, my body will quickly react if I eat food that is not so good for me.  Although, if I get in a habit of not eating well for a week or so, my body begins to adapt and it does not react or remind me that the food I am putting in my mouth is not the best for my body. 

For the most part, I try to eat pretty consistently.  I actually like the reminder of a small stomach ache or indigestion because it is a reminder of how certain foods make me feel.  When I have too much going on or am especially emotional during my period it is so easy for me to turn to food.  This is a huge struggle of mine that I am trying to shake.  So while I allow myself a little grace to enjoy and treat myself to food, I really try to be aware to when I am more vulnerable to eating badly. 

I try to keep food in the house that is good for me but still can be comforting.  Even making comfort food at home is better than eating that comfort food from a fast food restaurant.  Those little aspects of being aware help me to make sure I am eating well even if I am dealing with a rough week.

 

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52 comments:

  1. I love to pamper myself by going to get a haircut regularly! Love when my hair looks great and it's an afternoon free of kids to relax and reenergize! What is it about someone else washing your hair that is so amazing? =)

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  2. I ask my husband for a massage.


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  4. Working out is all I can afford right now to pamper. As a mom, I'm the last on the list as not enough $$ to go around means I have to sacrifice getting pampered. It would be nice to feel like a lady again and to get myself anything so I can be a better mom!

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  5. I pamper myself by taking hot bath


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  6. I love to go to the park on a nice day and spread out a blanket and just lay our and enjoy the weather with a good book. It's so relaxing to me.
    Nicole.ddziedzic at gmail dot com

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  7. It's funny how the definition of being pampered changes a bit in early motherhood. These days yummy smelling shampoo, a shower, a cup of tea enjoyed on my own, or a few minutes to blog feel like self-care! Of course, I also make an effort for other things, like making it to a yin yoga class here and there or visiting our doula for her fabulous body work/massage from time to time... I agree that self-care is super important, great post!

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  10. Great post! I schedule in quiet time every day. I'd be a mess without it. :)

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  11. I'm on a roll! Thanks for making me more aware of how I take care of myself :D
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  12. On the rare chance I get to pamper myself I like to get a pedicure, and go out to my favorite restaurant for lunch.

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  13. https://twitter.com/MomOF2Boysz/status/507693864296013824

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  14. I pamper myself by eating chocolate and wearing my favorite pajamas.

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  16. I pamper myself by lighting candles and taking a bubble bath!

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  18. I like to take a long hot bubble bath to pamper myself.
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  19. Oh man Ashley, those last two things really hit home for me! With all of the stress from life (and especially moving!), I love wearing leggings & flowy shirts to make myself feel more comfortable and at peace. And as a baking blogger... Heavens knows I eat more than my fair share of desserts! I really want to get back to weekly meal plans to at least try to stay on track. Even with all of the curveballs life throws and unexpected surprises, I'm hoping that having a plan will help! As for the pampering side of things... It's probably unwinding with a TV show or sports game, or going for a walk while calling my mom. Those always make me feel better!

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  20. i pamper myself by taking a long hot bath at least once a week

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  22. I pamper myself by getting a full body massage.

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  23. I love your list of things to go over when you're feeling stressed. It's good to take a step back and think about what we're doing and what we could do to make ourselves feel better. I think the quite time is the most important for me. My way of "pampering", or just making myself feel more relaxed and focused, is taking my dog for a walk. If I'm really stressed I'll leave my headphones at home and just walk without podcasts or music and have that time to meditate and think. It can be very restoring!

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  24. Working out is my outlet right now!! Gotta have that alone time to recharge!

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  25. I pamper myself with a few small pieces of dark chocolate.

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  27. i like to pamper myself by taking a long hot bath with a facial mask lots of bubbles and a good book!

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  29. I pamper myself by taking a bubble bath, listening to music and reading a good book.
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  31. I try to pamper myself by going for long walks or runs and by taking lots of hot showers. Listening to music is also pampering....

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  33. I will take a few minutes to have a nice hot epsom salts bath with some candles and magazines.
    I will try and have a few minutes to myself to knit as well. for me this is very calming.

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  34. I'm not sure how I pamper myself... I get up early before everyone else and have some Mommy time. :)

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  35. I pamper myself by taking a nice, hot bath with a good book...

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  37. Such great reminders Ashley! One thing I usually do well is prioritize sleep... I know I just don't function well without a lot of sleep!

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  38. I make sure to do one small thing each day for my mind, my body, and my spirit. It keeps me balanced!

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  39. I've often joked I'll have clean carpets when I'm dead! It's all endless, right? I run every morning, though. I get to decompress and catch up on my TV shows. A pedicure every once in a while is in order, too!

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  40. Great post! makes me want to add a few more comforts to my list.. I love to do yoga in a quite zone :) vsudarsan at gmail dot com

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  41. I pamper myself by getting my hair done.
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  43. taking hot baths, also coffee and chocolates pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  46. I pamper myself by taking 15 minutes to myself
    to drink a cup of tea, eat some chocolate and catch up online.

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  49. I like to watch romantic comedies.

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  50. I like to sip on a glass of wine and have a box of chocolates!
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