Remember You

I’m sitting at my desk, coffee in hand, post-it notes a-plenty, trying so very hard to feel underwhelmed by my to-do list.

Our family just got back from Chicago. It was a golden vacation made of clear beaches that took our collective breath away and high buildings that had us all craning our necks in wonder and smallness and awe.

It was long walks and a small hotel room, late nights and deep dish pizza, fireworks and caramel popcorn we could smell a block (or two) away. It was lovely.

lake-michigan

But coming home from golden loveliness is another story altogether, isn’t it?

It’s to-do lists that multiply and deadlines that loom and never-ending laundry and the sudden appearance of school supply lists and doctor’s appointments and the  gut-wrenching realization that summer is already half over.

So that’s why I’m sitting here in the stillness of the morning — on my second (third?) cup of coffee before my family wakes up trying to (re)define exactly how I’m going to do all of my everythings.

The short answer is, of course, that I’m not.

And the long answer, is this.

navy-pier

International Self-Care Day is July 24th and on behalf of OTCSafety, I’m grasping this chance to redefine “Supermom” for what it really is.

It’s not checking off a list that never ends. It’s not even about throwing away the list and living a checkmark-free life. It’s about being healthy and placing a premium on the importance of your (my) self-care.

From OTC’s point of view, here are a few tips about the safe use of OTC medicines and supplements in terms of self care:

1. Designate a time on your calendar to go through your medicine cabinet to dispose of expired medicines.

2. Consider whether you or someone in your family could benefit from a supplement, such as a multivitamin.

3. Remember to store medicines up and away.

Final_Supermom_SelfCareDay

The running theme here? Remember you.

river-walk

Remember you when…

You’re planning healthful meals, time to exercise, and bedtimes.

Remember you when…

You’re planning friend time, date time, and alone time.

Remember you when…

You’re planning indulgences, down times, and goal setting.

Remember you when…

You’re taking photographs, creating memories, and archiving stories.

Remember you when…

You see, note, and point out the beauty in this world.

Because remembering you, is at the heart of self care..

One of our favorite stops in Chicago was the Planetarium. We walked through it taking in the vastness of the universe and our teeny-tiny part in it.

Its ceilings were high and its information was overflowing; specks of knowledge in every nook and cranny we happened upon. Along the edge of the hallways were quotes that I stopped and read and took  in in the exact same way my kids took in the stars and the rocks and the relics.

This one, was one of my favorites:

galileo-quote

Because it instantly made me think of all the mothers in my life who take on the organizing and the driving and the feeding and the playing and the care-taking behind the scenes. And what’s left at their front and center, is the loving — as if, like the sun, this is the only thing on their to-do list.

So in celebration of Self Care Day and in honor of redefining Supermom, I’m sending The Mothers — The Suns — the suggestion that remembering you belongs at your front and center as well.

What will you remember you about?

willis-tower

I’M COMPENSATED AS AN OTCSAFETY BLOGGING AMBASSADOR, ALL THOUGHTS, OPINIONS, AND CUTE KIDS ARE MY OWN. VISIT THE OTCSAFETY WEBSITE AND FOLLOW OTCSAFETY ON PINTEREST FOR MORE MUST-KNOW OTCSAFETY INFORMATION.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...