Okay, I know I may be a rare breed of woman who actually somewhat enjoys ‘getting ready’ – but it’s not for the reason you may think. I do it because I actually feel better when I’m put-together. Even if I have no plans to leave the house, I still take time every morning to get-ready, so I’m ready to go anywhere at a moment’s notice. When you’re physically ready – you’re mentally ready as well.
That even entailed those first few awful-post-baby-birth-days. It may seem like the hardest thing to do at the time, but I truly believe that it helps minimize those dreaded post-baby-blues. Don’t get me wrong, I still allow myself those days where I stay in my cozies all day, but, they’re few and far between.
A great example of this thinking (but totally not baby related), is my mom. Even when she was going through Chemo, and feeling like complete garbage, she still managed to take the time every morning to shower, brush her hair, put make-up on, and get dressed – even if that meant just changing from one pair of comfy clothes to another. She always said, that it just made her “feel better.” So, I guess that’s where I get if from. Consider the non-profit Look Good, Feel Better for women going through Chemo. They’re sole mission is built on this principle, so why wouldn’t that apply to us mothers?
I know it’s hard and sometimes feels unimportant. I get it. As a sleep-deprived mama, every minute of sleep is critical, and it’s hard to see the value of taking care of yourself when you’re busy taking care of little ones. But listen, when you feel good, your family benefits. And, I think it really can be as simple as taking those few minutes to make yourself feel human again.
So, take the those 15 minutes. Put yourself together. You will feel better. And your family will benefit. Shallow? To some…maybe. But, I tell you what, it sure seems to work for me!
Be Well (and Ready),