Since having kids I have to say that my body has seen better days. No longer do I have a reasonably flat stomach but now it is wrinkled and there is a whole lot more of it. My once youthful glow is replaced with bags under my eyes and my hair pulled back into a quick mummy do. But I have 2 gorgeous boys and I have never loved anyone the way I love them, so to me these bodily changes have been so worth it.
Since being a stay at home mum I do find it hard to get out of bed some mornings and I often day dream about having conversations with adults that doesn’t involve nappies, nipples and the wiggles. The one thing I have learnt, only recently, is to learn to love myself. I have now developed a beautiful habit of creating some ‘me’ time. Initially it started out with about 2 uninterrupted minutes after my shower where I would use a mixture of coconut oil and lemon essential oil and give my body a full on massage. OMG I felt good! You do have to walk around in the nude for a bit so it dries nicely and your skin will feel amazing. Now this simple pleasure started me on the path to really appreciating what my body has been through and what it goes through on a daily basis, lack of sleep, running after a toddler, endless cleaning and the list goes on. I have now started expanding on my self love routine and when ever I get the chance I make a cup of tea, not just any tea but that fancy stuff that you save for your friends. I make my tea when the boys are asleep and ignoring the mess of the house I just sit and sip. Quite often I let my mind wander to think of the latest hunky guy I saw on TV or even daydream about being at a day spa. This is my ‘me’ time and I don’t think about anything that I ‘should’ be thinking about.
I have to say that since I started incorporating my self love rituals I am better able to deal with the stress of having 2 children and managing the house. I also have started to see all the amazing blessings in my life that I was too flustered to see in the past.