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Ever since I had kids, I find myself to be more worried and short fused. It's a lot to manage when you're a working mom. Heck it's a lot to manage when you're not a working mom. Being a mom is a full time job no matter how you slice it. What if you're not a mom? Things are still crazy whether you have kids or not. I mean let's not forget we are in the middle of a global pandemic and multiple social justice movements. Add all of life's other responsibilities to the mix and you've got the perfect recipe for a major explosion if you are not properly rested and cared for. I'm here to tell you that self care and self love are vital to our well being. Being able to function without crashing and burning literally depends on how much you practice it.

When I was introduced to the idea, I thought it was just a big load of hippie dippie crap. After learning how to practice it and seeing the difference it makes in my life, I am a believer! I believe that EVERYONE in this country - or wait - this entire planet, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity/creed, could absolutely benefit from some self care and self love. So what does self care and self love look/sound like? It is literally anything that can help you pause and take a break for yourself. It is telling yourself that you are freaking awesome and you got this!

Here are some examples of what you can do:

✨ Wake up and think about or say what you are thankful for.

✨ Tell yourself positive affirmations. Ex: I am a force to be reckoned with; I am unstoppable.

✨ Feed yourself! Don't skip meals, hunger affects our mood and energy levels.

✨ Take a break! Don't skip breaks at work. If you're a SAHM, let the kids have a little screen time.

✨ Schedule "me time" and keep it. Workout, get a massage, take a nap, glam yourself up, etc...

✨ Compliment yourself and give yourself your much deserved kudos.

✨ Seek help if you need it. Therapy does wonders for your mental health.

✨ Literally just stop and smell the roses. Visit a park or garden and just take nature in.

Listen, we are all doing our best under these current circumstances. So I hope this little blog post serves as a quick reminder to "stop and smell the roses." Squash the negative thoughts and replace them with positive self talk. Trust me, it feels so much better and does wonders for your outlook. Try it for yourself!

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