Self Care

These past few months have been very busy.  I continue to work my full-time music therapy job at the children’s hospital while growing Joyful Melodies and raising my daughter, who turned 1 on May first.  I love all of these things dearly.  However, after months of almost nonstop attention to my full-time job, my business, or my family, I realized that I needed to be more mindful about caring for myself.

Nurturing yourself is the key to having a healthy, happy life.

No matter what our life circumstances, we all need and deserve to spend some time taking care of ourselves.  This is especially important if you take care of other people in your personal life or as part of your job.  Here are some things I have done to care for myself:

Get Away

Joyful Melodies Music TherapyWhen I realized I was exhausted and needed a break, we conveniently had our 5 year wedding anniversary and my parents offered to watch our daughter while my husband and I went away for a weekend.  We went to Turkey Run state park in Marshall, Indiana, took a 15 mile canoe trip, stayed the night in the inn, and hiked the next day.

Make small changes in your environment just to make you smile

Joyful Melodies Music TherapyI’ve been more mindful about my environment, and what small changes I can make to make it even more joyful.  I went on a walk with my daughter and dog the other day and picked some wildflowers.  Seeing them in a cute little vase brings a smile to my face every time I walk past.

Take a break from multitasking

After doing some reflection to try to find out why I was so exhausted, I realized I was almost always doing something for my business, day job, or family, and usually doing more than one at a time.  Multitasking is a great way to save time and get things done, but breaks are necessary.  For a few weeks, I stopped listening to podcasts about business ownership during my commute to my day job and simply listened to music that made me feel relaxed.  Listening to music – just to make me feel good – was a luxury I hadn’t allowed myself in a long time.  Now I try to remember to take a little time each day to do something just for me: listen to music, breathe, stretch, or do yoga.  I’m also trying to avoid doing anything for my business when I’m spending time with my husband and/or daughter, so that I can focus fully on the people I love so much.

What do you do to take care of yourself?  I’d love to read what works for you.  Leave me a comment!

With joy,

Lauren

 

4 thoughts on “Self Care

  1. Mary says:

    I needed to hear this today! Life gets crazy and we mama’s always the first to suffer from it. Thanks for the reminder, Lauren! You’re right about the small stuff – I take care of myself by allowing myself to take a long shower instead of rushing in and out because of all of the other stuff that needs to get done. It sound weird but the extra five minutes of just breathing and enjoying the warm water/shaving my legs/lather-rinsing-and REPEATING (hehe) is refreshing in it’s own little way.

    • Lauren says:

      Taking a long shower is a great idea, Mary! Keep showering for those 5 extra minutes. You deserve it!

  2. Danielle says:

    I think this is so critical! Sometimes I feel guilty for taking time to myself because we’ve been raised in a culture that glorifies “busy.” My time to unwind definitely happens in the classes I take at the gym. If I skip too many days I find myself feeling sluggish and incredibly unpleasant to be around. Taking care of yourself is so important. I love your idea of picking the wildflowers – I need more of those around the house!

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks, Danielle! You’re right, our culture does seem to glorify being busy. I’m glad you’ve found a way to unwind at the gym. Keep taking good care of yourself!

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