Today was day 1 of my month of self-care. First of all, I have SO enjoyed reading your thoughts on self-care from yesterday's post. So fascinating to hear what recharges other people.
And clearly, I'm not the only one who starves myself of it.
Years ago when I was in college, I randomly had to go to a lecture/presentation given by some professionals who worked with first responders. One of them said something that has stuck with me all these years:
Rescuer safety is paramount.
In working with first responders to tragedies of all kinds, it is so important that they understand that they must do all that they can to be as safe as possible or they aren't going to be able to rescue anyone. Kind of like how if you are on an airplane with a child and the oxygen masks drop down, you should secure yours first.
That's how I'm choosing to think of self-care right now. I spend my days (and most nights, really) putting out fires and rescuing the flailing. The best way I can serve and love and rescue the family that depends on me is to pull on that oxygen mask and make sure I'm a safe person to rely on.
This handsome man and his brother worked on totally different schedules today (OF COURSE THEY DID). I had about 50 minutes total when they were both asleep at the same time. That was a little disappointing, but I did not let those 50 minutes go to waste!
First, I worked on the 2nd module of the Idea To E-Book course I'm taking. Working on a module kind of sounds like work, but this wasn't work at all. Or I guess I should say it is the best kind of work for a daydream-y, brainstorm-y type like me. Realistically, I know it's going to be a long time before I can put an e-book together, but it's so fulfilling to dream up some possibilities.
Next, I spent some time reading about Montessori method for babies. When I asked y'all about toys for babies on the SC FB page, more than a few of you suggested Montessori-type toys. That got me started reading on Montessori in general, and I have to say, I don't know why I never looked into applying this approach to our home life when the girls were little!
Anyway, my digging around led me to Stephanie Woo, author of Montessori on the Double and Raising Your Twins: Real Life Tips on Parenting Your Children with Ease. I went ahead and bought her book for my Kindle, and I had just read the first few pages when I had to re-enter the real world. As soon as I close my laptop, I am headed straight back to this book!
The rest of the day got eaten up with the details of life - namely a Target run that was far more perfunctory than fun. Ah well. Fifty minutes of self-care is better than zero. I'll take it!
And I'll take some more snuggles from Mackers, too: