Sheltering in Place: Caring for Yourself While Keeping it Together for Your Family

We are moms. And, by nature, we are nurturers and caregivers. Whether we realize it or not, we often put ourselves - and our needs - on the back burner so that we can make sure our loved ones are taken care of. The need to shelter-in-place doesn’t change our inner being. We still move through the motions of daily life making sure everyone else is surviving the restrictions as comfortable as possible. 

While our loved ones appreciate us for this (whether they admit or not), we can’t continue to press on if we don’t take time for ourselves. Let me repeat that: “…we can’t continue to press on if we don’t take time for ourselves.”

Look, girl. I totally get it. Sometimes it is easier to keep going without slowing down to process our own emotions. If we don’t have time or don’t dedicate the focus, we can’t let those emotions gain control or bring us down, right? 

Well, yes and no. 

See, your body – and your mind - need to process these emotions. If you don’t slow down and take the time to care for yourself, you may find that your body will do what is necessary to take the matter into its own hands. And, well, that often comes with something a bit more unpleasant. 

Let’s keep our health glowing and our immune system pumped by caring for ourselves. After all, it’s the best way to make sure we are keeping it together for our families. Remember, if we aren’t our best selves, how can we be our best for those who depend on us? 

Since booking a retreat or spa day is out of the question, let’s talk about what we can do to care for ourselves. Ready? Here we go. 

Spa time. Create your own spa day right there in your bathroom. You may have to figure out the most opportune time for you to have this uninterrupted adventure – and you will. Take an extra-long hot bath or shower. Steam up that room, girl, then close your eyes and breathe in that steam. Lather up with lotion and oil – then spend some time making yourself feel like the beautiful woman that you are. 

Spend time journaling. It may sound like a simple activity, but journaling can allow you to connect with yourself and what you are feeling. And, yes, I am referring to those feelings you try to push aside as you keep going. Wake up early, get yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and start writing. This is a great and healthy way to start your day and get you mentally ready to care for those you love. 

Go for a walk or run. Depending on your situation, you may be able to head outside and go for a walk or run. Being cooped up for an extended period of time can be tough, causing you even more undue stress. Heading outdoors to breathe in the fresh air while getting the heart pumping can make any situation feel so much better. 

Note: Be sure to abide by your local laws and orders. And, by all means, practice socialdistancing by maintaining at least 6ft between yourself and those around you. 

Take a few minutes to meditate. Do what you can to find a few minutes of quiet time. It may require you to get up early, stay up a bit later, or lock yourself in your bedroom or bathroom. Then, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and meditate. Use earbuds and white noise if needed. Start meditating for 5 minutes and then gradually increase. You will be surprised at how whole this can make you feel. 

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Today is not where things will be forever. This is just a temporary season. So, do what you can to care for yourself in the best way with what you have. Then, you will be able to give the best part of you to your loved ones. 

Stay safe and be well, all. 


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