Being a woman, a wife, a mom, and my own person trying to carve a little space in this world for myself, things can get overwhelming, to say the least. Some days go by swimmingly. But on other days things can get challenging as I struggle to juggle work/life, to nurture my family, and intuitively prioritising my family's needs above everything else.
Sometimes I've noticed myself being at the very bottom of my own list - and if you’re like me, you’re probably the kind that will have the urge to put the oxygen mask on others first.
Unless you start to nurture yourself first, you won’t have the internal and external resources to do the same for others. So take a step back, because the reality is that we live in a very fast-paced world. It is always about doing things, being productive, and accomplishing things by doing as much as we can in a day. As we focus on the outcome and checking things off our to-do list, we forget to enjoy the journey that we have been taking. To reflect, and enjoy the little things that make life worth living.
I know I’m not alone in this. Many of us struggle to stop, to breathe, and to take a moment to reward ourselves. It doesn’t need to be your birthday to celebrate. Every day of our lives should be a celebration of you and your journey.
So put that oxygen mask on yourself first. Cheer yourself on when you reach a goal, no matter how big or small. Even if it’s doing laundry, preparing dinner for your family, or exercising for 10 minutes. Life should be filled with joyful moments.
We all deserve to be acknowledged, appreciated, and celebrated. It is important that we each find the time to celebrate who we are, to honour ourselves for our efforts and triumphs, and to praise our resilience even during the hardest of times.
Here are some simple ways I celebrate myself, and hopefully it’ll inspire you to do the same - because you’re worth it.
Repeating words of affirmation and vibrating higher everyday.
Practising a peaceful ritual of journaling and reflection.
Remind myself of everything that I have and everything that I am grateful for.
Thank myself for having come this far, having overcome obstacles in the past and all the work I have put in to grow into the woman I am today.
Get myself little gifts as a reward for the things I have done well, like a nice takeout from my favourite restaurant.
Notice my inner strengths and be grateful that I have the opportunity and privilege to have these strengths within me.
Finding joy in the little things, such as being able to cuddle my family first thing in the morning.
Surrounding myself with positive people; family and friends who uplift and inspire me to do better every day.
How do you celebrate yourself?