First things first. It's important for me to tell you that: I don't have time to write this blog. I barely have time to feed myself, and I certainly don't have time to learn "56 Ways to Eat More Seafood," which is what this month's (unread) issue of Cooking Light suggests I ought to do. (It's been on my kitchen table for two weeks and I finally got around to perusing the COVER today!)
Other things I don't have time to do: shave my legs more than every 5 days, physically GO to the grocery store (I have them delivered, shamelessly), do laundry (that gets dropped off...again, shamelessly), do most things that require the use of two hands, read books, or, because I chose to write this letter instead, make the homemade pickled onions I'd planned to.
Taking care of a newborn ain't no joke! I'd always heard how much work it was, blah, blah, blah, and how exhausting it can be, yada-yada-yada, but I never quite believed it (yawn). Or, rather, I thought I'd be able to rely on my old friend, efficiency. If I had to state my best quality, efficiency would be high on the list. I can multi-task with the best of them and quick problem solving is my forte. But, I'm here to tell you that you simply cannot be as efficient as you once were when there is a mini, uber-demanding, insanely cute human who is completely reliant on you. And I love Ollie and I love taking care of him, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish I could get more done in a day. I estimate that it is possible to accomplish about a third of the things I was able to before he entered our lives. And this leads me to the topic of this newsletter, which believe it or not, is NOT all about newborn care and me whining about not having enough time.
It's about prioritization. This has become my mantra these days. In the absence of extreme productivity, there comes prioritization. What are the things that are MOST important in my life these days?
(Note: these are not ranked in order because I believe them to be of equal value. You can disagree if you'd like. I don't have time to care).
-Caring for my son
-Maintaining a happy and love-filled relationship with my husband
These are the things that I put before all other things these days because I want to and because I believe them to be most important. The first two on the list are pretty obvious, but self-care; that's the one that tends to be tricky for a lot of people. Myself included. For me, self-care means a lot of things, but right now it mainly refers to the necessity of keeping up with my fitness and half-marathon-training schedule. The hour I devote to running/working out each day is imperative to my health and well-being, and makes me an infinitely better mama and wife. By the time I get back from my workout, I feel better both mentally and physically. I have more energy to tackle the numerous ups and downs of the day. I'm mentally clearer. And, perhaps most importantly to those around me, I'm nicer. Like, a lot nicer.
I'm not special. I know that. We are all insanely busy people. I know you are busy, too. In what ways do YOU prioritize your self-care? How do YOU crowbar in that workout session? And if you're not currently prioritizing your wellness, what can you do to change that? Drop me a line and let me know.
P.S. I think I still have time to make pickled onions before Ollie wakes up. Perhaps I'm more efficient than I think. Oh...nevermind. He's crying. Seriously, that just happened. Oh well...