In our book Life Will Never Be the Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide about adjusting to life post-birth, we say “Self-care now is just as essential to being the best mother you can be as was taking vitamins, exercising, and getting prenatal care while you were pregnant. To be a good mom, you must be good to yourself first, physically and emotionally. To aim for a balance between yours and others’ needs. It’s best to tackle this issue now, because it’s one you’ll be facing for the rest of your life.”
Whether you’re a new mom or not, self-care is essential to health and well-being. Again from our book, “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?”
With the self-care challenge/contest only 2 weeks away, we want you to notice your current self-care practices and when you feel depleted or nourished. 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? We’re only a comment away.