We all know that stress can take a huge toll on us, physically and emotionally. Yet, it’s amazing how, as busy parents, we constantly go and go, always doing for others, rarely slowing down to check in with ourselves and our own needs. When is the last time you asked yourself, “How am I feeling?” and “What do I need?” Many parents I work with tell me they’re not even sure *what* they need; they feel they’ve completely lost sight.
How can we fully show up for those we love and care about if we’re not fully showing up for ourselves?
With this in mind, I invite you to take a moment to pause and just be. Take a breath. If it feels right, take two more. Look around. Notice what you see and hear. If possible, look outside the window at something in nature.
Bring to mind someone or something that makes you smile or brings you joy. If you’d like, try putting a little smile on your face. What do you notice?
Allow yourself to stay with this image as long as you need. Whenever you feel ready, take a few more deep, cleansing breaths in and out.
Consider trying this little act of self-care, which only takes a few minutes, whenever you feel stressed, overwhelmed or just out of sorts. You need and deserve the same amount of attention and kindness that you offer to everyone else!
Could you use a little support in this area? You’re not alone! Please know I would love to work with you. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 858.822.8878. I’m here for you!
With love and gratitude,