How do we, as parents, find the time to take care of ourselves? For some, even that question can provoke anxiety. As in, "I have so much to do today, so honestly, how the hell am I supposed to fit in one more damn thing called self-care into my schedule?" I get it, so I asked some moms to reveal the ways they practice self-care every day and learned that while it can be difficult, it's not impossible and it's always worth it.
Take me, for instance. I have been practicing yoga since I was 18 years old. I have wanted to deepen my practice with an immersion teacher-training program for the last four years. This was not a passive "maybe someday I'll consider it" four years. Nope. It was an active four years of cancellations, postponements, and rescheduling the beginning of the program. Why? You guessed it! Because I'm a mom. It actually took me four years before I could say, "F*ck the poor timing. I'm doing this."
Dearest reader, who may be reading this article as the only self-care you do all freaking week, you know what? I think that is just tragic. We moms, and other primary caregivers, need self-care. It shouldn't be something we fit in if we can find the time. No, it should be mandatory. In order to take the best care of our kids and be present for them with our full love and attention, we must care for ourselves first. Here's how a few mothers managed to do just that: