Good morning, everyone! You’re in the home stretch of the Challenge!
I wish you were sitting here in my living room with me so we could have a chat! I hope ya’ll are making some great progress! I have been praying for you each day this week, that this will be the beginning of a return of joy and energy for you all! Below is the video + text for today’s challenge. 🙂
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Today’s Challenge focuses on the nitty gritty of actually making our self-care plans. I love this part. 🙂
Yesterday we wrote down at least 1 goal for each of our three areas of self-care needs — physical, spiritual, and mental. Today, we’ll put these goals into a plan of action.
Keep in mind that this step is not necessary but crafting a plan really helps us to prioritize self-care and to stick with it. You can totally skip this part if you don’t feel the need to make a formalized plan! I’m really a goal-setter and list-maker, and I thrive on written challenges. But I know not everyone does.
Let’s start with a question: What need is “screaming” at you the loudest to be taken care of right now?
For example, you may have written down “take a daily nap, read three chapters of a great book, and make a Holy Hour every Friday.” One need from each category. These are all great goals! But the baby is teething and you’re exhausted and you couldn’t even make it through a Holy Hour without falling asleep. And reading would be great, but honestly you’re too sleepy to turn the pages of that book every night. So your physical needs may need to be top priority in this case!
So look at the goals you wrote down yesterday and evaluate your three categories of needs. In order of priority, write down your goals — most important on top.
Prioritizing can enable you to make choices now to focus on nourishing yourself where you are the neediest.
Now we need to consider how we’re going to achieve each goal.
There may be no need for detailed planning. Let’s use the example of the goal for taking a daily nap. You may only need to write down something like: When the baby takes a nap, turn on Wild Kratts for the big kids and get into bed!
But there may be some more planning needed for other goals. Using the example of getting to the gym twice a week — you may need to plan babysitting. Or maybe even plan to budget extra for gym membership and a babysitter! These are all steps to write down — this will help you reach your goal without feeling so overwhelmed. You know, oops, I forgot to call a babysitter this week so I guess I can’t go to the gym.
Planning to meet your goals will probably require you to have a little pow-wow with your spouse, so you two are on the same page. Be honest with him. Tell him you’re burnt out and let him know you want to prioritize self-care in your life, starting now. And then ask him to help make it happen.
So, here’s today’s Challenge: for each goal that you created yesterday, write down the steps that you will take to make it a reality.
One extra tip for this is to keep it simple: make bullet points under each goal, rather than long sentences or paragraphs. We’re busy mamas so you don’t have to take too long on this step!
One thing more! I can almost hear you all saying under your breath, This is nice, lady, but I’ll never be able to make this happen! Life is just too busy…just too stressful…just too full of the demands of taking care of little people…!!!
I hear ya, sweet mamas! Tomorrow, we’re going to cover some good tips for actually implementing your awesome plans! Life does happen, but YOU ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO THE WELLBEING OF YOUR FAMILY TO SKIP OUT ON YOUR SELF-CARE. YOU ARE WORTH IT! A HAPPY MAMA MAKES A HAPPY HOME. 🙂
So believe that this is possible! And happy planning, mamas!