Self-Care Makes Us a Better Role Model: By
modeling self-care, we are setting a good example for our children. Watching us take time to care for our own health and well-being, encourages them to do the same and helps them learn to practice self-care when they are young.
Our daughters in particular learn that it is important to care for themselves as well as they do others instead of sacrificing their health and well-being to
solely meeting others’ needs. It teaches both our sons and daughters self-respect and to be respectful of everyone because we expect them to value us as we do ourselves.
In Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide we say, “A pitcher of water provides a clear demonstration of what we mean. Imagine that you are a pitcher of water. You keep pouring out, giving and giving as you take care of the needs of those around you: baby, children, partner, family, friends and pets. If you do not take action to fill the pitcher up again, pretty soon it will be empty. No one is a bottomless pitcher. What do you need in order to fill up the pitcher again?”
What are you doing this summer for self-care? If you’re aren’t, get started. Rabbi Hillel said, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me. If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” Need help? Comment and we’ll respond.