The #selfcaresunday theme for June was ‘Connection’.
Week 1 – #phoneafriend
With 3 young children I confess I find having quality phone conversations with friends and family a challenge. Instead of giving up on the idea though I simply adjust my expectations. I no longer wait for the “perfect time” I just call and see what happens! I am also a fan of grabbing sneaky child free moments to make a quick call.
Let go of worrying if it is a good time for the other person. Just call, say ‘hi’ … if they cant talk they will tell you … but at least they know you were thinking about them.
Today I invite you to #phoneafriend … even if you just get their voicemail
- take 5 minutes in the supermarket carpark to phone a friend before heading home
- text a friend and book in a long chat one night this week once kids are in bed
- put on an episode of Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol or whatever is flavour of the month with your kids and use this time to call someone special
Week 2 – #notv
How many nights a week do you collapse on the couch after the kids are asleep and watch TV to unwind?
When my husband and I start feeling a little disconnected we make a point of scheduling a #notv date night every week. Basically the rules are #notv and no computers.
Tonight I invite you to have a #notv night … or at least schedule one in
- play a game together – cards, scrabble etc
- have a conversation that has nothing to do with kids
- have a bubble bath together
If you are single this does not exclude you – you might phone friend, have a long bath, curl up with a book, invite a friend over to share takeaway and some wine …
Week 3 – #hug
I have a dear friend who loves to give 7 second hugs and they are the best! Not just quick, barley touch you hugs but big, strong, share the love kind of hugs. Gosh they make you feel good.
Today I invite you to have as many 7 seconds #hugs as you can!
- hug your child
- hug your husband
- hug a friend
- or all of the above
Week 4 – #datenight
When did you last have a date night? I know it has been a little while in our house. Whether you enjoy a meal out, a movie, live music or a romantic picnic … time away from the house and away from children is an important part of nurturing a relationship.
Today I invite you to plan your next #datenight
- all your babysitter and book a date in
- offer to swap babysitting with friends so you both get a night out
- find a show you want to see and book the tickets
- choose a restaurant you have really wanted to try