February is often all hearts, cards and chocolates to show your loved ones that you care. But what do you do for you? How do you show yourself that you’re important to you?
As a woman, wife, and mother we often assume the role of primary caregiver to our families and while that is a noble responsibility, too many times the one we fail to take care of, the one we show the least amount of love to, is ourselves.
You don’t expect your smartphone battery to last forever do you? No, when you see that it’s running down or hear the familiar “beep” you’re instantly aware that its functioning time has reached its limit. So what do you do? You plug it in and you give it a chance to recharge, right? When you see the indicator light change from red to green you know that’s it’s once again ready to do its job.
We recognize this same warning with our kids, don’t we? When they’re running down, they give us clues too. They’re whiney, irritable, overly sensitive and sometimes even irrational. We recognize that they’re in need of a recharge either by nap or a snack or even their favorite game.
Why is it so easy for us to encourage others to “recharge” yet we see taking a moment to do the same for ourselves as selfish? We’re conditioned from an early age to give, give, give, and that you’re greedy if you take. We’ve learned to ignore our own warning signs and clues for burnout. Unfortunately, self-care and self-love are the WORST places to allow this to carry over! Have you ever been so tired, so worn out and completely drained that you snapped at one of your kids? Spoken harshly to a friend? I have and it made me feel like the worst human being on the planet. We need to recognize our own “low battery” warnings!
Here are 10 ways you can recharge your batteries
- Spend time with a friend. Call them or send a message or text.
- Spend time alone. Learn to embrace the quiet time and fill your heart with peace.
- Not to lose physical weight, but the endorphins make you happy.
- Find a hobby. I love to knit. It’s soothing.
- Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of joy
- Look up. The universe is a big and beautiful place and it wouldn’t be as majestic without you!
- Read a comic, a magazine or a book you’ve been putting off.
- Let go of the past. You can’t change it. Dust yourself off and keep going.
- Others but most importantly, forgive yourself. No one is perfect
- In silence or with your favorite music. Just BE
Maybe these ideas can help you to start finding things that you can do to recharge your batteries. We really can love others better when we love ourselves first. And while you’re bustling about this month, showering gifts upon those you love, I truly hope you take a few minutes to remember this…
[bctt tweet=”You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. ~Buddha #quote”]
Over To You
What are some of the thing you do to recharge your heart? Let’s get the conversation going…tell us about it in the comments section below.