Not too long ago, I wrote a post about coping with stress. Today, I'm happy to report that simply by pushing myself to fit in a workout -- even though it felt like I couldn't possibly squeeze another 30 minutes out of my day -- I'm feeling not only more energetic, but more optimistic, too.
I confess that I sometimes forget how strong the connection is between my mind and my body. And I'll also confess that I'm guilty of something I'm sure many mothers can relate to: When times get busy or tough or otherwise problematic, I tend to put myself last. My self-care goes right out the window, leaving me tired, stressed and feeling low.
You might not think I can relate this to body image, but I can. See in some ways, it's a self-worth issue. When we make everybody else -- their wants, wishes and feelings -- more important than our own basic needs, we're sending a message...not just to them, but to us, too.
Airplane oxygen mask examples aside, we all know we should be making the time to take care of ourselves. But what do you do when you honestly feel like you can't? Here are three tips that help me: