1. Eat breakfast
2. Get enough sleep
3. Drink water
4. Get up and move
5. Calm your mind
Don't get me wrong. I totally don't do this. Figuring why is the solid question, but I'm working on that. So in the meantime, I do my best because my reality is that if I stick to this somewhat simple plan, I feel good. If I don't, I feel bad and then everything turns bad - my mood, my relationships, my body, my spirit.
So then motherhood happened and gets in the way of all of it. The eating well, the sleeping well, the calming the mind. And the worst part is that not taking care of myself means that I not only feel bad, I then can't be the type of mother that I want to be. What do I do?
For now, I have been trying to do at least one well - If I end up eating breakfast standing, while emptying the dishwasher, then I try to do some sort of meditation later in the day. It's not perfect, but I realize that feeling bad about adds a layer of quilt on the whole thing that certainly doesn't help in any way at all.
There was a bumper sticker on a car ahead of me yesterday, it read "Kindness is everything". Maybe if I start with kindness to myself, then drinking enough water, asking my husband to watch the nugget so that I can go to yoga class and actually getting to my meditation pillow won't feel so hard.
I am guessing I am not alone. What do you do? How do you take care of yourself?