Hey! It’s me again.
I’ve been hiding.
Amongst a seemingly endless search for jobs and apartments, tackling my inbox, and just trying to be more present in the moment for my loved ones, I’ve admittedly put my blog on the back-burner. But it shouldn’t be that way. I’m trying to do better.
This summer I’ve spent a great deal of time at my mother’s house in Charleston, SC. Not only am I accompanied by her during the workday, but also my 11, 8, and 5 year old nieces. Not to mention my poodle, Marley, is in the mix too. It’s not exactly the peaceful sanctuary you might think of when it comes to working from home. But I realized, with quiet observation aside, that if I pay attention they can teach me a thing or two about self-care and distract me from this digitally obsessed life I live in.
Have you ever realized how curious kids are? How innocent their questions may seem? When they aren’t glued to the TV or watching a slime video on YouTube, I notice something in them that I’m missing. The carelessness. The freedom. The spontaneity. Although it can truly be chaotic to manage 3 girls under the age of 12, I’ve learned that there are also some benefits in it for me…
What children and pets teach us about self-care
Get up and dance
I think we can all agree that music is a form of therapy, but when was the last time you felt music move your body? Dancing as if nobody is watching is a good way to feel all the feels, let out some energy that you may have built up sitting behind a computer all day. The girls have “dancing” contests and karaoke right in the middle of our living room. Maybe next time I’ll join in.
Naturally I think humans are like plants. We need water and sunlight to survive. Whenever I pick up Marley’s leash to go for his morning and evening walk he gets so incredibly excited. Imagine being that excited to go walking? If we have legs that are able to carry us from point A to point B, why don’t we take advantage of it more often?
One of my favorites activities that I enjoy seeing my nieces doing is coloring, because it usually means they will be quiet (lol). This is not only a great activity for kids but also adults alike that allow you to relax your mind and put your creative energy somewhere else.
Don’t think rest isn’t a form of self-care. I’m often jealous when I hit my mid-afternoon slump and see Marley just hanging out on the couch, not having a care in the world. Why can’t I just be that care-free too?
I don’t know at what point we transition from being these curious, optimistic, and adventurous beings to anxious and stressed adults. I guess work and life events can do that to you. Sometimes it takes these little people (or furry friends) to show us we need to slow down, take a step away from technology, and just breathe. We also have to keep in mind that kids imitate what adults do, so there is the reverse affect as well. Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw my nieces doing kids yoga in the living room and it was the cutest thing ever.
I realize now that after almost a year away, being with family is exactly what I needed. And who would have thought that the real teachers would be the youngest ones in the room?
What has children and pets taught you about self-care?
All my love,