Feed you

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My wish for you this year is that you nourish yourself.

Whether you're a new parent or have been doing this for awhile or are a caring non-parent adult, it's vital--and RIGHT--that you take care of yourself.

Time alone for yourself every week is necessary, not a luxury. Time connecting with adults who fill your heart is necessary, not a luxury. Time and effort to take care of your body are necessary, not luxuries.

Your children need you healthy and whole and connected.

It's easy to fall into the "I'm at home with my kids so they're my responsibility and I need to be the one who takes care of them all the time" trap, or the "I work away from my children so I need to be with them every minute I'm not working" trap. Society tells us we're selfish if we have any desire to spend a second away from our children. But we know that we need to take the time and make a deliberate effort to do things that nurture us.

The minimum: Core exercises (not just cardio) such as yoga, pilates, T-Tapp, and barre help regulate mood. Getting outside into the sunshine is vital. Making sure you're drinking enough water, and getting enough vitamin D, magnesium, and Omega 3s. Sleeping as much as you can at night, and making that a priority. Time for yourself.

Then, do what feeds you and makes you feel most like yourself. Put the time in your calendar, and do it.

Because when you're really yourself, you're the best parent for your child.