Spending time on yourself, with yourself, and for yourself is the most important thing you can do to forge a happy life for your family and success in your business! If you are unhappy, your family will be unhappy; if you are confident - that confidence will be displayed in every task and interaction you do for and on behalf of the family in addition to your business and the satisfaction of your clients! “Self-care is how you take your power back.”– Lalah Delia Yes, I know you are strapped for time - I have 7 kids & 4 home businesses, home-schooling and a myriad of responsibilities and bills I would rather not think about right now - having extra time does not really exist for me... ... in situations like this, you simply have to MAKE TIME for self-care, and remind yourself exactly why it is so darn important to at least dedicate one day a week to it! Read on if you want to know more about how you can snag some time each week to practice a self-care routine, what to do for yourself during self-care and how to create an effective self-care routine tailored to your individual needs.
When people first find out that I am a mother of seven children the reaction is always obvious shock - and I totally get it. Besides thinking I am absolutely nuts; no one is accustomed to mothers of multiple children who do not have bags under their eyes, a slump in their back - or who always have their hair neatly combed while still producing top achieving children who are apparently happier than they even should be. Contrary to popular belief - having children is not a reason to totally let yourself go - it is THE reason to BE YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST! And yes, as mothers we do lack time for ourselves even for the simplest of things; - like taking a pee for example - but one of the many, many things I have learnt from being a mother is this - 'motherhood gets a whole lot more frustrating AND difficult when you allow yourself to look and feel like something the cat dragged in.' As women, as mothers - finding time to put ourselves together each day - and back together each evening before bedtime is vital in maintaining not just our bodies, but also our sanity! I am begging you to not give up on your beauty and your confidence because you are busy building everyone else's! The people who need you, need you at your best! There are just more reasons to fight to find the time for YOU than to give up altogether and I think that understanding the reasons you deserve to practice a self-care routine and all the amazing benefits of having one can truly change your life! So if you are ready to feel more beautiful and confident, and for all that glorious feeling to resonate through your entire being even when tackling the mound of dirty dishes in the sink - read on!
I trust that you and your family have been doing well and are finding great ways to keep busy and reduce the stresses we are all prune to worldwide right now! I am definitely praying for the best outcome for our planet like many others are right now.
Despite everything I have been counting my blessings and keeping my mind focused on as much positive things as possible. The girls and I are keeping active in the community by contributing to the many efforts and community initiatives taking place in our country. There have been many wonderful families who have been negatively affected by the economic impact of Covid around here and it is taking everyone's effort to help out. I hope things are not too out-of-whack near you.
At home I have turned to baking quite often and squeezing in exercise of course, though never as often as I would like. After 7 pregnancies I managed to keep things together by using a variety of targeted exercises, though never routinely or even consistently, yet it somehow 'works out' haha.
In addition to enjoying a little sensuality and fitness through belly dancing around my living room; the Ab Roller has been one of my fave exercise tools for repairing and strengthening my abdominal muscles over the past 14+ years. I usually start doing this 8 to 12 weeks after birth and have managed to maintain a comfortable weight, size and tone. Take a stroll over to my blog to hear my experience with ab rolling and a bit about recovering your body after childbirth.
Don't rush out to the store for face masks when you can find alternative methods at home by up-cycling other items!
Here I made myself several masks from my daughter's no-longer-used Gerber burp cloths. These burp cloths are 100% cotton, tightly woven and already sewn in double and/or triple layers!
Quick and easy instructions and video on my blog.
As viral threats abound I continue to seek out ways to protect my family despite already self isolating as much as possible for several weeks at our home in the Cayman Islands. As we watch numbers rise and the battle against covid-19 ramp up we are following all recommended advice from hand-washing to sanitizing and trying to create a more self-sustaining environment at home to avoid any occasional trip to the supermarket or pharmacy. Still, the daily shocking news events from around the world and our small island home is enough to make us want to put up our hurricane shutters. Then I remind myself that this too shall pass and beyond avoiding transmission we should spend time preparing our bodies just in case, somehow, any of us become one of the stats. Beyond constant hydrating it is important to boost immunity with exercise and healthy food and drinks which is why I had turned to one of my favourite teas. Turmeric is a viral fighter and immune booster like no other and the tea has been shown to protect and boost immunity against the cold and flu due to its unique and potent ingredient curcumin. To help you incorporate this super-food in to your diet quickly and easily, here is my super simple, quick and easy recipe for turmeric tea. You should be able to find turmeric root in any supermarket or natural foods store. If not you can choose to use the turmeric powder which is often readily available in your seasoning aisle.
If you are exploring more ways to add some extra healthy habits to your daily life - start with 2 cucumbers and this quick and easy cucumber juice recipe.
Cucumbers are known for being healthy, cool and refreshing - this is a combination we can all use right now in our ever changing world.
Have a quick read and tell me what you think! Please send pics and variations to the recipes if you want to!