As military spouses, we find ourselves dealing with PCS’s, deployments, TDYs, duty nights, being away from our family and friends, and so many other random situations. Practicing self-care is important for us. We’re holding down the homefront, and we need to ensure we are taken care of.
When many hear “self-care,” they immediately think, “oh, I MUST leave my home or spend money.” or ” I don’t have time.” That is far from the truth.
There are many things you can do right at home and not cost a penny.
Let’s take a moment and look at ways to practice self-care while inside your home.
Carve Out ME TIME
If you feel that you don’t have enough time in your day for a little self-care, carve out ME TIME instead.
What is ME TIME, you ask?
It’s a play on words, but it helps to get you started in knowing that self-care is ok, needed, and deserved.
Say it with me: I NEED and DESERVE ME TIME.
Give yourself 15 – 30 minutes of silence, or time to enjoy what makes YOU happy.
I take me time every morning with a cup of coffee, feet propped up, and enjoying a little T.V. before everyone else gets started.
And yes, it’s ok if you take it in the bathroom. Shhhh, I hide out there to play on my phone sometimes. If someone starts looking for me, I yell….”I’m taking a poop!” No! I’m sitting on the side of the tub chilling.
At-Home Spa Day
Run yourself a nice bubble bath, light some candles, and enjoy.
Relax and clear your mind. Grab your favorite book, turn on some music, or just enjoy the silence.
A warm bath is great for relaxing.
Exercise At Home
A little physical activity is good for self-care. It’s great for your health and helps relieve stress.
You can stream workouts online via Youtube or subscribe to a workout subscription. Go for FREE first.
Yoga and lightweight training is a great start.
Take A Nap
Do you find yourself tired in the middle of the day? Take a little nap. Yes! Taking a nap is self-care. Even if you do not sleep, lying down for about 30 minutes can help to energize your body.
Clear your mind of all negative chatter by feeding it with positive self-talk. People say to get out of your head. Well, I say to get in and stay in your head.
Part of self-care is your well being. That is mental and physical.
Wake up every morning and go to bed every night, complimenting and patting yourself on the back.
Find the AWESOMENESS in YOU for the day, don’t dwell on the things you didn’t achieve or what went wrong.
Ask For Help
Yes! As military spouses, we hold it down. But sometimes we need a little help. Part of self-care is knowing when you need help.
Call a friend, ask a neighbor. If you need help, ask for it.
We all need to practice self-care. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s needed to help you take care of others—your family.
Mark your calendar for a little self-care right now.