Selfie Time! 5 Quick Ways to Recharge
Guest Article By Christy Vacchio
As the mom of two kids with special needs and an extremely rare disease, I often find myself on the giving end of “caregiving” about 99.99999% of the time. Over the years, I have had periods of rest where I thankfully did not have to work, but was absolutely driven to depression by the utter loneliness of appointment manager, therapy provider, diaper changer, taxi driver, etc. It didn’t help that I didn’t have a clue what I was doing as a mother, much less as the caregiver of 2 children with this rare disease.
But then, one night, I got a wake-up call. In the middle of my shift as a waitress at a busy restaurant (part-time gig just to get out of the house!), I ended up being rushed to the emergency room. What I thought was a heart attack turned out to be a full-blown panic attack. But it was enough for me to take a step back and really look at what I was doing by juggling so many things without putting myself in a time-out every once in a while.
Remember, a five-minute recharge is cheaper than a hospital charge.
I am sure there are a million ways to take time for yourself. But as a caregiver, and especially if you have multiple children and/or parents that you are juggling caring for, it is extremely important that you find small ways to take a break from your duties, so you can refresh and recharge your batteries. Here is my list of ways (most cheap, most quick) to take a little “selfie time” for yourself. Some you can even go do right now!
5 Quick Ways to Recharge
1st Way to Recharge for Selfie Time: Have a Glass of Wine or a Cup of Hot Tea
When the SO gets home or when the kiddies are in bed, step out on the porch or patio and enjoy this nice weather (finally!) with a glass of your favorite pinot or Moscato. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be relaxing. Or, if you prefer, make a cup of hot tea instead. My favorite lately is Traditional Medicinals Organic Peppermint with a splash of coconut milk.
2nd Way to Recharge for Selfie Time: Go For a Walk
If you are lucky to have a significant other who will sit with the kids, then take advantage of it and go for a walk, by yourself, even if it is just to go around the block. After I had my panic attack, this is where I started. Literally, I walked to the end of our apartment complex and back a few times each week until I built up some stamina. I was really out of shape, plus I felt guilty leaving my husband with the kids too long #momguilt LOL
3rd Way to Recharge for Selfie Time: Take a Warm Bath
This is so simple. You don’t even have to have anything else. Of course, if you have some scented bath salts or luxurious bubbles, go for it. Light your favorite candle. Have a glass of wine (see #1). Just try not to fall asleep (or at least make sure your hubby checks up on you like mine does, HA!)
4th Way to Recharge for Selfie Time: Read a Book For Pleasure
If you are into reading, or if you once were, rediscover that love again. Did you once read all of the Bronte sister books? Were you a Harry Potter fan? Maybe, like me, you were once a Twilight mom (yes, I was all of the above). Find a good fiction book. Pick one up at the library if you don’t have the money or check out the local thrift store or Half Price Books. Yes, I have been known to tell my husband I’m going to the bathroom and read at least a chapter before I emerge. No shame.
5th Way to Recharge for Selfie Time: Hydrate Your Body
One of the ways that I found to help my body start to function better was to make sure I was keeping hydrated. Not only did I start drinking 80-100 ounces of water per day, but I also started adding external moisture as well. Now, I don’t know if this was a function of getting older or a consequence of moving to a state that was nowhere near the ocean, but at the age of 40, I suddenly found myself needing to put lotion on my body.
I now keep a small lotion in my purse (my favorite is Nourish by Jamberry), put lotion on my feet before I go to bed (peppermint is a great scent to help keep you cool at night!), and slather on lotion after my shower to start my day. I even keep cuticle oil in my purse to dab on my nails and cuticles a few times a day to keep my nails hydrated and healthy. All that keeps my skin soft and adding essential oils or scents can even have a calming or energizing effect on you.
Try it out! What is your favorite way to take a little “Selfie Time”? Don’t put it off until it’s too late.
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