The Power of Self Care

I know I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately. I’m very well aware of that and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. That’s how life goes though sometimes right? There’s literally not enough hours in the day to get all the things done on my To Do List. So I just keep plugging away, prioritizing what absolutely has to get done every day.

I know that when things get this busy, my kiddo definitely takes notice because she hears me saying more often than not that I am going to work while she plays. While I always have time to spend with my best little one, I know we're all adjusting to the new pace of these days.

But I didn't realize just how much things had changed until today. I got Gracie from school and we were off on our normal post-school routine, full of snacks and meltdowns (because sometimes that's how life goes), when Grace told me that she was my doctor and I needed to lay down.

So I'm thinking 'ok we're playing Doctor' but not for Grace. She proceeded to tell me that I was working too much and I needed to relax, but not to worry because she would take care of me. Since I'm totally ok with laying down in my super comfy bed, in the middle of the day nonetheless, I laid down and Grace took every blankie she owned and laid it on me. Then she told me to close my eyes and relax so I would feel better. 

You would think this was relaxing and maybe in an ideal world it would have been. But when the toddler is crawling all over you, stepping on your hair and your limbs to organize her blankies, it's maybe not so relaxing for some.

But I relished that moment. Not just because I got to close my eyes for 5 minutes but because my kiddo showed me just how observant she was in our lives as well as how compassionate she's becoming. She also reminded me that even when I'm on a roll of productivity, I still need to remember the power of taking care of myself because when I feel rejuvenated, I can give my best to everyone and everything around me.