I think the number one question I get asked is, How do you do it, how do you have five kids and work a full-time job? I usually joke and say well I work and they go to daycare, so it’s pretty easy. But that is just to make people laugh. Most of the time I don’t really know how I do it. A lot of stuff slides I’m sure; but, there’s only one of ME, after all! And, I’ve just learned to live with the realization that, yes, the kids are going to miss out on a few things–more interaction with their mother (while they’re still young enough to enjoy my company, anyway) because I’m not home, but I’m OK with it because, as the cliche goes, “you gotta do what you gotta do.” And they are all alive and pretty happy so I would say we are doing okay.
But really, we must find ways to maintain our sanity while still leading these ADD-like lives. As we hear sooo many times from our concerned friends and family, “you need to take care of yourself before anyone else.” Right? I have found hiding in my closet–with my cell phone, of course–works quite well…I am not kidding. But really what are some good ways you can take care of yourself and make it part of your daily routine? They call it self-care and I am learning it is just as important as diet and exercise!!! Last week I met up with the amazing team at Massage Envy and they taught me all about self-care and how they are trying to help people de-stress and more importantly what we can do to ultimately keep those stresses at bay.
You’re probably thinking…doesn’t Massage Envy just provide massages…well that is what I thought until now. ME also provides Total Body Stretch (best thing ever. This will be launching mid-May across the country!!! Seriously, I literally felt the stress leaving my body) skin care services, skin care products, and carries an entire line of essential oils. So basically if you take this concept of “self-care” and really think about what it is….taking care of you, taking care of the part of you that matters and makes you feel good about yourself and your life, ME will provide…all the tools (you’ll need) to help make your life more calm, more focused and less stressful and in the end be able to do more in your life!!
The cool thing is that it’s membership-based. So you pay a monthly fee and with that fee you get one service of your choice per month. I mean, just think about it. Taking one day out of the month to get a message or a facial, or just have someone stretch all the area of your body that you could never ever do yourself would be pretty amazing. Plus going once a month makes you consciously aware that all of these areas are important towards your “self-care” goal. I have always wanted to take better care of my skin. I try and stick with it for a while but something is always missing…it’s almost like I am lacking accountability. ME provides the tools for me to show up, get a facial, get advice, get encouragement, see results, love the results, and continue on this path of better self-care.
My favorite part of the whole summit however was the assisted stretching. I actually didn’t even know this existed and to be honest, I thought they were going to teach us how to stretch before a workout. I was kind of like okay…this is going to be boring!! But then they laid me on a table and what I got for me was a massage on steroids, well not really but to me it was almost better. They stretch all–and I mean ALL–the areas I could never do myself…literally it was like I could see the stress lifting from my body as hovering over me…and then it was gone…sounds pretty amazing right?? I truly thing if I could do this one a continual bases, that combined with a massage, a facial every once in a while, I would feel sooo much better about myself and that much closer to the goal of total “self-care”
I sort of think of this in terms of what I need to do to really take care of myself, I need to eat right and excerise (which I do) I need to work and make money (which I do) I need to take care of my family…exeperice life with them (which I do) and I need to also take care of the stresses in between…which ME helps me do. I am so excited to incorporate ME into my everyday life. I am so excited to start caring about this part of my life and seeing the amazing ways it will make my life better for my kids and my family.
Head over to the ME website to find a location near and find out more!!!