Finding Time for Self Care

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is anything that helps your mind, body, and soul. It can be one of the following but includes so much more:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep
  2. Eat nutritional meals
  3. Feeding your soul spiritually
  4. Get exercise
  5. Process how you feel and sharing those feelings with others
  6. Spend time with family and friends
  7. Spend time alone
  8. Do something fun
  9. Journal, Meditate, Collect your thoughts
  10. Do anything that makes you happy and lifts your mood

What is not self-care?

  1. Self-care is not forced upon us
  2. Self-care is not being selfless and doing things for others when we need time for ourselves
  3. Self- care is not spending a lot of money

Self-Care is the key to living a balanced life. So, how do we make time for Self- Care?

  1. Make a choice in what we want our self-care to look like. Is it a day at the spa or reading a book? Start small with an activity that lasts 5 minutes a day and add to it.
  2. Saying no to things when we do not want to do them. Not feeling obligated to anyone but ourselves.
  3. Make a schedule. I schedule everything I do. Everything! Even my breaks etc. Use Outlook, Fitbit, or something that will make noise and remind you to do things. Put what you want on the schedule first. Of course, work is there, but put your naps or your quiet time; your walk or bath time. Time to spend in your special place.
  4. Create a routine. Once you know your routine then you won’t rush and stress yourself. And keep to it.
  5. Elicit support. Ask a friend to go with you to the gym. Ask a family member to watch the kids for an hour. Plan your day to do something for you BEFORE they get home from school or day care. Errands do not always have to be done before the kids get home.
  6. Make life easier. Use store pickup or delivery. Meal prep for the week. Get your family on a schedule.

Here are a few articles for different situations

  1. Understanding Me Time & Taking Care of Myself https://lifeasmom.com/me-time/
  2. 5 Ways to Build a Support System Among Family Members https://intermountainhealthcare.org/blogs/topics/heart/2016/04/5-ways-to-build-a-support-system-among-family-members/
  3. Finding ME Time for Parents- https://www.childcare.co.uk/information/finding-me-time-for-parents
  4. How to Make “Me Time” as a Student https://www.cc-sd.edu/blog/how-to-make-me-time-as-a-student
  5. Finding Yourself in College http://www.collegiatetimes.com/lifestyles/creating-yourself-in-college-the-importance-of-keeping-self-care-a-priority/article_81895f30-a481-11e8-87af-3f564218b61e.html
  6. Self-Care Activities for Seniors- https://www.medicalguardian.com/medical-alert-blog/health-wellness/self-care-activities-for-seniors
  7. Self-Care is important for Seniors too – https://www.cascadeinhomecare.com/blog/articles/senior-health/practicing-self-care-is-important-for-seniors-too
  8. Self-Care for the Single Woman – https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/07/4-self-care-tips-for-single-women/
  9. Self-Care for Men- https://www.themanual.com/culture/self-care-for-men-guide/

Self-Care Planner- https://www.breatheandreboot.com/simple-ways-to-practice-self-care-in-your-40s/

3 Reasons Why You Should Feed Your Baby Organic Baby Food

Are you a new parent?  If you are, you may be looking for safe and healthy foods to feed your baby.  When doing so, you will find that you have a small number of options.  Unfortunately, many baby foods currently on the market cannot be considered completely natural.  If this causes you concern, you may want to take the time to examine organic baby food.

As nice as it is to hear that organic baby food is safe and healthy to feed your baby, you may be looking for reasons why you should do so.  After all organic food is known for its increased prices.  There are many first-time parents who wonder if the cost is truly worth it.  After a close examination, you will see that it is.  In fact, there are at least three reasons why you should feed your new baby organic baby food.

1 – Organic Baby Food Is Healthy

The health reasons are just one of the many reasons why organic baby food is ideal for babies.  As previously stated, many food products designed for babies cannot be considered completely natural.  This is because many companies add in unhealthy sugars and other additives.  This is not the case with organic foods. 

Although there is no scientific proof, there are many individuals, including parents, who claim that organic food can help to improve a child’s health, as well as their behavior now and in the long run.  Despite the lack of scientific proof, many parents are not willing to take the chance.  Another impact has to do with recalls.  Whether it be recalls on toys, food, or clothing, parents are concerned with companies following all government restrictions to the letter.  Many wonders if a toy manufacturer can put too much led in a toy, can too many chemicals make their way into baby food?

2 – The Options that You Have

Another one of the many reasons why all parents should consider feeding their babies organic baby food is because of the options that they have, in terms of flavors.  Unfortunately, many parents mistakenly believe that choosing organic foods limits the number of foods their children will be able to consume.  Yes, this is true in some cases, but you may be surprised how many flavors and different variety food are available for babies and other small children.

As an example of having an option, in terms of organic baby food, Earth’s Best Organic is a well-known supplier and product manufacturer of organic foods for families.  In terms of their jarred baby food, which is ideal for infants, they have flavors that include apples, carrots, bananas, peas, sweet potatoes, and pears.  It is also important to mention that these flavors are only for jarred baby food.  Organic formula, rice cereals, and other snacks can be made organically as well.

3 – You Can Make Your Own Organic Baby Food

As previously stated, organic baby food does cost more than traditional foods.  This is due in part to the extra steps that must be taken to ensure that all foods are organic, including certification.  Although many grocery stores and organic food stores, both on and offline, offer sales and discounts, the costs may still be too much for many parents.  If it is for you, you can still feed your baby organic baby food by making your own.  In fact, you may be surprised just how easy it is to do so.  All you need to do is find homemade baby food recipes and make sure that you use organic fruits and vegetables.

As you can see, there are several reasons, three of which were outlined above, why organic food is great for babies.  If you are concerned with your child, their health, and the ingredients found in many common foods, organic baby food should be examined.  In addition to jarred baby food, there are also companies that sell organic food that is designed for toddlers. 

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