Self-care SHOULD BE a bit of a pain

Zoe and Katie

Woah. Did you just read that??! I know it's a bold statement, but hear me out. I had this epiphany the other day, although it's been forming for months and even years. 

Four years ago, before I changed my nutrition and my fitness, and before I made myself a priority, I rolled my eyes at statements like that. "Who has TIME to focus on themselves?? Isn't that VAIN??!" So if you're rolling your eyes, I understand. I spent the young years of my children's lives living like that and feeling that way. I barely had time to use the restroom, let alone feed myself correctly and EXERCISE!!  

But the more I read, research, study, and practice self-care, the more I am POSITIVE that we need to make taking care of our bodies a priority. Because if we don't, who will?  And how many bodies do we have?? (Side note: this is the question we always ask our super careless and clumsy son!). We have one. We get one chance. It's the vehicle that will get you through life. There are no trade-ins. THIS is your ride. So you'd better put the right gas in, get frequent oil changes, and keep it CLEAN (especially on the inside!). 

And guess what? All of that takes work and time. It does. I spend hours of my week prepping and cooking clean food and exercising. I skip things like tv and showers and chilling out so that I can do these things. I get up early and stay up late if I need to fit it in. And I spend a lot of time assessing and making changes and tweaks where necessary.

While that may all sound like a pain in the ass, it's totally worth it. It's totally worth feeling amazing, having great energy, and being around for as long as I can to love on my family and share moments with them. It's worth it to know that I am doing everything in my power to make the very most of this body and my time here on Earth.

I used to think that being low-maintenance was better than being high maintenance. I actually prided myself on that. And I still think of myself as low-maintenance, to an extent. BUT, lately I have realized that putting the amount of time into my self-care that I do is actually not low-maintenance at all. And we SHOULDN'T be low-maintenance!!  Ha! Because if we are adequately taking care of our health and our bodies, it's going to require some time and attention! 

Of course there are seasons in our lives when self-care will be less, such as during an illness, when your children are very small, etc. However, if we really focus on our health for the majority of the time, it will become habit, just like anything. And you will find comfort in knowing that you're doing the best you can for your body.

I encourage you to look at your routine for self-care. Are you cutting things out when you SHOULD be adding things in? Are you giving yourself the time and care you deserve?