Honor Yourself, Mom: How I Finally Learned to Practice Self-Care by Kandice Cole

Motherhood
8 months ago
Honor Yourself, Mom: How I Finally Learned to Practice Self-Care

As a first-time mom, I knew that self-care was important. I had an entire list of activities I was ready to complete. Yet, I found it hard to do any of those things, even when I had downtime from the baby.

When my daughter turned 1, I joined an online group about creating inspired routines. I was skeptical, but desperately wanted to feel inspired. The moderator spent very little time giving us specific routines. Rather, she encouraged us to think about ourselves with more tenderness, just like we did with our own children.

Even when I felt exhausted, I found energy to care for my daughter because I love her so much. I slowly began to realize that I was just as precious and deserving of love, too. Self-care became less about fulfilling an obligation and more about honoring myself.

It’s an honor to take care of me. An honor to cultivate me. An honor to allow myself to rest. Leaning into that simple truth made it easier to practice self-care consistently.

I finally understood why it mattered so much and that why was a catalyst for inspired action. As you navigate motherhood, may you always remember how valuable you are and treat yourself accordingly.

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Jessica L. Williams
Thanks for writing this Kandice Cole !! I'm not a mom but I really resonate with this part, "Self-care became less about fulfilling an obligation and more about honoring myself." I need to honor myself more!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
You are so right, Jessica L. Williams ! This really applies to everyone. We need to honor ourselves!!
Kandice Cole
You are so right Jess!!! So much to honor about ourselves :-)
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I love this, Kandice Cole ! "Rather, she encouraged us to think about ourselves with more tenderness, just like we did with our own children." What a beautiful way to think of self-care. Thanks for the great first tip, and welcome to our 30Seconds tribe. We look forward to learning and growing with you!
Kandice Cole
Thank you Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds! I look forward to learning and growing here at 30 seconds, too!

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