Amber's Self Care
Self-care for me is in all of the small things — things that can be woven into the reality of my life as a midwife and mother of six. Going to the gym and elaborate events are not my jam. Here are some of the things I do to take care of myself:
(These are all things kids can be included in. Or not.)
Being out in nature and listening to its music (sounds of water, bird song, leaves crunching, twigs snapping) is self-care at its core and the benefits are endless (grounding, wind is calming to the nervous system, improves sleep).
● Go to the nature center
● Walk the neighborhood with new eyes. Tiny bits of beautiful are everywhere.
● Pull off the main road. Find a new route. Adventure.
● Playing w your kids.
● Don’t try to find the closest parking spot. Park at the back of the lot and walk.
● Go get a massage or other form of bodywork.
● Incorporate touch and massage into your home. (Kids love to give and get massage. As
a bonus, diffuse your family’s favorite essential oil. Light a candle.)
- Make everyday things special
- Be aware of what’s happening in your body. Where you are in space? What is your handtouching? Your feet? How does your face or shoulders feel? Your breath?
You ALWAYS have access to your breath. Some of the benefits of breath work:
- Vagal stimulation.
- Reduces stress
- Rib expansion
- Massages your organs
Self-care is not another “task” to add to our already lengthy list of things to do. Caring for ourselves is caring for those we love. It isn’t about doing the fanciest or most expensive things. It isn’t about carving out giant chunks of time in our schedule. It is about snatching all the little moments, that when done over time, add up to being really impactful.