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If you’ve been hanging around Flourish for any amount of time, you know how I feel about self-care. ((Hint: I LOVE IT. 🙂 ))
It’s something that has helped to get me through postpartum depression and anxiety more than once, and it’s also something that helps sustain me in my craziest weeks as a working, homeschooling mama of five.
There’s something you should know, though. I’m a firm believer in holistic self-care.
That means that getting my hair cut or taking a bubble bath once a week is not enough to check self-care off my to-do list. Don’t get me wrong — I definitely enjoy a fresh cut and a long, hot soak in peace and quiet! Those self-care practices are good and helpful, but only as part of a bigger routine.
I find that the most meaningful self-care is found in the consistent, intentional choices I make to nourish my whole person — body, mind, and soul.
This means working towards wholeness, health, balance, virtue, maturity, deep relationships, holiness, and peace — because taking care of myself in this way makes me a better wife, mom, and general human being. This is my definition of real self-care. It’s really self-love in the truest sense.
So rather than superficial self-indulgence — like rewarding myself with a whole box of GF double chocolate chunk cookies after a long day with the kids (ahem, that may or may not ever happen here) — I try to focus on practices that go deeper, nurturing me emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
This isn’t the way most people think of self-care in our culture today, but I believe that because God created us as a body/soul composite, it’s our responsibility to nurture ourselves on every level, with the end goal of becoming the best version of ourselves — the person He created us to be.
This is a worthy but lofty aspiration. And day to day, living it out can be difficult. Despite my best intentions, my self-care habits can dwindle amidst the business of life and I find myself needing a reset at least once a season. Does this happen to you, too?
Lent might just be the perfect time for this renewed resolution to make genuine, nourishing self-care a priority again.
That’s why I’m so excited bring back my Joy Comes in the Morning Self-Care eCourse as part of the fabulous Lent 2019 Catholic Mom Bundle!
Joy Comes in the Morning is a simple eCourse for moms that offers five daily challenges to help us cultivate the habit of intentionally nurturing our whole selves — without the guilt! Learn to recognize your needs, nourish yourself in meaningful ways, and begin to reclaim the joy in your vocation. *Included in the course are five days of videos and transcripts, a workbook, self-care cheat sheet, Proverbs 31 printable, my Postpartum Self-Care ebook, and more.*
Right now, this eCourse isn’t available anywhere else except as a part of the Catholic Mom Bundle. What is the Catholic Mom Bundle, you ask?
For five days only — February 25 to March 1 — 15 Catholic businesswomen have pooled together their best resources for mamas. With a focus on Lent, we have products for liturgical living, personal faith, catechesis for kids, family prayer, home management, and more — including printables, workbooks, journals, eBooks, and my Joy eCourse.
The total value of this all-digital bundle is $233. But we want to offer it to you at the crazy low price of only $25.
As we lean into the penance and fasting of the season, and walk with Our Lord on His way to Calvary, we can use this time to look introspectively. Let’s renew our desires to become the women He made us to be, and bring real self-care back into our lives!
PS: *As a special thank you for purchasing the Catholic Mom Bundle through my affiliate link, I have a bonus digital gift for you — a printable ebook of 10 Lenten Scripture Affirmations. The sale ends March 1st at midnight, so don’t miss it!