In my last post, I wrote about how the demands of motherhood dulled my sparkle as I put my self-care on the backseat. Since then, I’ve tackled the mama guilt head on and I’ve been taking better care of myself. I also challenged you to do the same. How are you doing?
Here are some quick steps you can take to aid in your own Operation Reclaim Sparkle.
1. Happiest Moment of the Day
Keep a journal on your bedside table. Before turning out the lights, take 1-2 minutes to jot down your happiest moment of the day. You will end your day on a positive note and will soon have an incredible written record of what actually makes you happy. This can be an invaluable tool for future life planning!
2. Take a Bath.
It’s good for the spirit and for a mama’s aching body. Epsom salts, dead sea salts, and a few drops of essential oils can work magic.
3. Meditate While You Wait
The next time you are waiting (in line, in traffic, or for someone) turn your attention to your breath. On your inhale say to yourself: receive. On your exhale, say: relaxation. Even a few breaths can make you feel more centered and relaxed.
4. Go For a Walk
Take a walk outside. Exercise and nature are both powerful rejuvinators and sparkle generators.
5. Clear Clutter
Clean out one drawer a day (or a week.) Too many things can be a drain on your energy. Let go of some clutter and clear up some space inside your home (and your head.) Sparkle space.
6. Write a postcard or a letter to someone you love, a “just because” note.
The sparkle you send out will come back to you.
7. Catch more ZZZ’s.
Forget the laundry and the dishes and take a nap when your child naps. When my daughter refuses to nap, I’ve been known to lie on the floor and play “night night mama” while she puts a blanket on me over and over. If a nap isn’t possible, go to bed earlier than usual. Sufficient sleep is critical for emotional and physical health.
8. Start with Intention
Consider starting your day by setting an intention. (For example: Today I am going to focus my attention on how I spend my time. Through out the day, I will ask myself, is this activity adding to my sparkle, or taking away from it?) A pack of affirmation cards or an inspirational quote book can be helpful starting points.
9. Add Color
Go buy yourself an adult coloring book and some new colored pencils. Yes, I’m serious. Creating is therapeutic; coloring is an act of meditation.
10. If all else fails, paint your toe nails in pink sparkle polish.
Now, see if that doesn’t make you smile. And, everytime you see your fun toes, you will be reminded of the above nine steps and of your own Operation Reclaim Sparkle goals.
Hey Mamas! Be sure to let me know how the above steps are helping your summer to sizzle and your spirit to sparkle!
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